So here’s the question: how old was Jesus when He died? How many times have you heard that Jesus was 33 years old when He died on the cross? I’ve heard that preached many times over the years. The problem is that we really don’t know how old He was.

How Old Was Jesus When He Died – The Traditional View

The traditional idea seems quite plausible that if Jesus “began his ministry” when he “was about thirty years of age” (Luke 3:23) and engaged in a three-year ministry (John mentions three Passovers, and there might have been a fourth one), then he was 33 years old at the time of his death. But Luke only said that Jesus was “about” or “approximately” thirty years of age. Luke was not being precise.

There are some historical facts that cast doubt on the traditional view of Jesus’ age. Andreas J. Köstenberger states,

Jesus was born before Herod the Great issued the decree to execute “all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under” (Matt. 2:16) and before Herod died in the spring of 4 B.C. If Jesus was born in the fall of 5 or 6 B.C., and if we remember that we don’t count the “0″ between B.C. and A.D., then Jesus would have been 37 or 38 years old when he died in the spring of A.D. 33. Even if Jesus died in the year A.D. 30 (the only serious alternative date held by Bible scholars), he would have been 34 or 35, not 33 years old.

But don’t get all upset over the possibility of not definitively knowing the age of Jesus when He died. No major doctrine is affected by this common misconception nor is the inerrancy and accuracy of Scripture being questioned. The Bible simply doesn’t tell us the age of Jesus when he died.


10 thoughts on “How Old Was Jesus When He Died?”

  1. Jesus couldn’t have died AD 33. Daniel prophesied the year of His crucifixion in Dan 9:25-26. 69 weeks (483 years) from the decree for restore and rebuild Jerusalem till Messiah is cut off. There were 2 decrees for the Jews to return but were not given autonomy over Jerusalem. Artaxerses I gave the decree to restore and rebuild in 457 BC. Adding the dates, Jesus would be crucified AD 26. If in fact Jesus was born around 5 BC (Herod died 4 BC) then Jesus would’ve been 31 years when He was crucified.

    1. Hebrews 3:8-15King James Version (KJV)

      8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

      9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. (SEE THIS )


      Matthew 22:29

      “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
      King James Version (KJV)

      10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

      Notice what he said in hebews when he did works 40 years he said that he was grieved with that generation and said u always error in your heart. So see he lived 40 years he did his work for 40 year

      11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

      12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

      13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

      14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

      15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

      King James Version (KJV)

      1. Did he say you are in your hearts when he walk earth or did he say it when he brought them out of Egypt, he says it in matthew 22, 29

  2. First the birth date of Yushua (Jesus) is not December 25th.
    His birth occurred during the time of the Feast of Tabernacle.
    This would put his birthday some time in September.
    The next thing to know is that the wise men followed the star which was in place for approximately two years.
    Herod killed all boys from age two and under.
    So, it is difficult to find if not impossible to find a star which would be visible in the same position in the sky for two years.
    The best guess time of the crucifixion is 33AD.
    The estimated time of birth is between 6BC and 4BC.
    Now comes Biblical timing.
    40 days it rained.
    40 years in the wilderness.
    Something tell me that Jesus was in his 40th year or 39.5 years of age when is was crucified.
    And then spent another 40 days with his disciples before assentation.
    But, what really matters is that Jesus was born a virgin birth, he fulfilled the laws and the prophets, he died on the cross for our sins, and whoever shall believe in him shall be saved.

  3. I am trying to determine the year in which Christ was crucified in order to put the crucifixion into its proper historical context. To do this I need to get some idea about His age when He started and concluded His ministry. I know that most historians routinely place His birth around 4 BC because of the date they assign to Herod’s death. But what about the Star of Bethlehem and Roman history?

    The years 3-2 BC saw some highly unusual conjunctions involving the planet Jupiter and the star Regulus which all concluded with Jupiter appearing directly over Bethlehem on December 25, 2 BC. So this was the latest date on which the Wise Men could have arrived to visit the Christ child.

    There was also some kind of census taken by Rome in 2 BC to mark the 750th anniversary of Rome’s founding and Augustus Caesar’s 50th year on the throne. How should these things affect the date assigned to Christ’s birth?

    Also, if we are to take 3 mentions of Passover as indicative of how long Christ’s ministry lasted, why is there only one mention of Hanukah?

    And just why is there no year 0? If Dionysius was as learned as history gives him credit for, why couldn’t he count?

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