5) When did Mary leave Elizabeth’s home?

Question

When did Mary leave Elizabeth’s home?

Answer

Mary arrived at Elizabeth home on March 30, 5 BC Julian Calendar.

And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. (Luke 1:56)

According to Luke 1: 56, Mary abode with her about 3 months. Word “about” implies that 3 is a round number.

March 30 + ≈3 months = ≈June 30

Then, Mary left Elizabeth on about June 30, 5 BC after John’s birth. She arrived at Nazareth on first week of July 5 BC.

≈June 30 + 6 days = ≈ July 6 (first week of July 5 BC)

Chronology

Time in Julian Calendar Event Ref
30th of March 5 BC Mary arrived at Elizabeth’s home. Luke 1: 39
30th of June 5 BC Mary left Elizabeth’s home. Luke 1: 56
First week of July 5 BC Mary arrived at her home in Nazareth. Calculation
A day between 1st and 24th of December 5 BC Joseph and Mary, which have been married, arrived at Bethlehem.  SeeWere Joseph and Mary married or engaged when they arrived at Betlehem?
25th of December 5 BC Jesus was born in a cave in outer skirt of Bethlehem. SeeTrain of Thought about Christmas December 25
A day between 26th and 30th of December 5 BCE Joseph, Mary, and Jesus moved to a house in Bethlehem City. Matthew 2: 11
31st of December 4 BC Preparation for Jesus circumcision (religious and social event) in Bethlehem. Considering social setting of Luke 2: 21
1st of January 4 BC Jesus circumcision in Bethlehem Luke 2: 21
6/7th of January 4 BC The wise men arrived at Bethlehem. SeeWhen did the wise men come to Jesus
2nd of February 4 BC Purification of Mary in Jerusalem Luke 2: 22
February 4 BC Matthew 2:13-15
February – April 4 BC Dwelt in Egypt Matthew 2:13-15
April 4 BC Luke 2:39; Matthew 2: 15, 19-23

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