4) How old was Zachariah when his wife gave birth to John the Baptist?

Question

How old was Zachariah when his wife gave birth to John the Baptist?

Answer

The Gospel does not mention figure and only informs that Zachariah was in advanced age at the time of Gabriel  visit.

And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well advanced in years. (Lukas 1: 7)

And Zachariah said unto the angel, How shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well advanced in years. (Lukas 1: 18)

He was as old as his wife (Luke 1: 7), both of them are in advanced age.

How old were they?

Advanced age, old age, or elderly age begin at 60 years old.1

Risk of stillbirth by mother's age
Risk of stillbirth by mother’s age

Meanwhile the oldest woman to give birth is 70 years old.

Hence, Zachariah and his wife’s ages are  possible to quantified, i.e, ranging from 60 to 70 years old


Bibliography

1Forman DE, Berman AD, McCabe CH, Baim DS, Wei JY, “PTCA in the Elderly: the ‘young-old’ versus the ‘old-old’” at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1727842 ; access: January 20, 2015  3:51 UTC/ GMT

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