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How many years from Isaiah's prophecy to the birth of Christ?


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December 30, 2014 9:55PM

The Immanuel prophecy given by Isaiah was during King Ahaz' reign (735-715 B.C.)

Jesus Christ was born before Herod the Great's death (4 B.C.).

Approximately 731/711 years between the two.

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December 23, 2014 8:18PM

Isaiah prophesied for a period of about 40 years, around 700 years before the birth of Jesus. However, the Hebrew text says nothing at all about Jesus.

The specific prophecy being sought here is probably the one in Isaiah 7:14. For this, we need to go to the Septuagint, an early Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures. Where Isaiah had said merely that "the young woman" would become pregnant and bear a child (and she did do so a little later in the Book of Isaiah), the Septuagint mistranslated this to read "a virgin," thus creating what many Christians came to regard as a prophecy of Jesus. The time from this prophecy to the time of Jesus is less than two hundred years.