The online Bible teaching ministry of John Brand

Christmas

When was Jesus born?

It comes as quite a shock to many people to discover that Jesus was not born on December 25th, at the end of the year 1BC. Our current system of numbering the years can be traced back to a Roman monk by the name of Dionysius Exiguus (Denis the Little).   He was commissioned by Pope…

Who were the Magi?

Behind the high altar of St Peter’s Cathedral in Cologne is what is reputed to be the largest reliquary, or container of religious relics, in the western world, and inside are the supposed remains of the Magi whose story is told in Matthew 2.   The story goes that when the remains of the men were…