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Catholic monk and scholar. A native of Scythia, he worked in Rome, making major contributions to canon law, until his death in 556 AD.

In 527 he devised a system for reckoning dates from the beginning of the "Christian Era," beginning with the Incarnation of Jesus, which he fixed as March 25, in the Roman year 754 AUC. That year was designated as 1 A.D.--not zero A.D. (this is an important point for those who believe we are currently in the 21st century...sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine. I'll shut up now.). It appears Jesus gestated almost a perfect 40 weeks--perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

Anyway, it is interesting to note that Jesus is reckoned by modern scholarship to have been born between about 8-3 B.C, based on a more accurate chronology of events mentioned in the gospels. Hardly of theological relevance, but interesting.

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