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Jul 7th 2009, 01:28 PM
Was Jesus ministry on earth for 3 years or 31/2 years?
Thanks ahead of time.

Jul 7th 2009, 02:19 PM
Yeah that's about right. That's what I've always heard. 3 and a half.

Jul 7th 2009, 02:24 PM
John counts either three or four major trips to Jerusalem, possibly passovers, and so many think, form that, that Jesus ministry was three, or a little more, years. If you look at the synoptics, many commentators have wondered if Jesus ministry was less, since they talk of only one major trip to Jerusalem....

I am of the opinion it was three, or a little more based on what John has to describe...

Jul 7th 2009, 03:47 PM
Generally, it is agreed that Jesus was born in the fall.

Passover was in the spring.

The gospel of Luke says that Jesus was "beginning to be about 30 years" of age when he was baptized and began his ministry. This would put his baptism, roughly, in the fall as well.

The gospel of John records Jesus attending three passovers. Each, of course, in the spring.

So fall plus three springs later, would be three and a half years.