4 BC

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Not to be confused with 4BC or BC4.
Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 2nd century BC1st century BC1st century
Decades: 30s BC  20s BC  10s BC  – 0s BC –  0s  10s  20s
4 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 4 BC
Ab urbe condita 750
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4747
Bahá'í calendar −1847 – −1846
Bengali calendar −596
Berber calendar 947
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 541
Burmese calendar −641
Byzantine calendar 5505–5506
Chinese calendar 丙辰(Fire Dragon)
2693 or 2633
    — to —
丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
2694 or 2634
Coptic calendar −287 – −286
Discordian calendar 1163
Ethiopian calendar −11 – −10
Hebrew calendar 3757–3758
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 53–54
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 3098–3099
Holocene calendar 9997
Igbo calendar −1003 – −1002
Iranian calendar 625 BP – 624 BP
Islamic calendar 644 BH – 643 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar 4 BC
Korean calendar 2330
Minguo calendar 1915 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 540

Year 4 BC was a common year starting on Tuesday or Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar (the sources differ, see leap year error for further information) and a common year starting on Monday of the Proleptic Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Sabinus and Rufus (or, less frequently, year 750 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 4 BC for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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Judea Province, Roman Empire[edit]


  • Jesus: Due to 4 BC being the year of King Herod's death, it is usually cited by modern Biblical literalists as being the last possible birth year of Jesus (d. circa AD 30).

According to Biblical scripture, Jesus' birthday can only be calculated by the lunar / solar calendar as described in the book of Genesis 1:14. In the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, the word seasons is translated from the Hebrew מועדים moedim which is best translated as appointed times, holy days, or feasts. In Leviticus 23, these feasts are given in detail, and correspond perfectly with various accounts in the New Testament writings. The gospel of Luke surrenders a clear picture of the births of both Jesus and His cousin John the Baptist, giving specific Biblical months according to priestly courses and historical events. John was conceived around the Feast of Pentecost and was born around the Feast of Passover. Jesus' conception was six months after John's, around the extra biblical feast of Hanukkah and was born around the Feast of Tabernacles. Another word for Tabernacles used in multiple translations of the Bible is manger. And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.