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The Phrasing is Not a Direct Comment on Jesus being over 40 Years Old Irenaeus is in error with his logic here, partly because he is missing the context and particular significance of the statement. Background Rather than being a direct comment on Jesus' age (i.e. over 40 years old), the number 50 is stated because of its significance in Levitical ...


I also submitted this very same question on Bible Odyssey and today received a response from a bible scholar, the following is his response: Thanks for your question. Good catch on noticing Irenaeus's different view on the age of Jesus. As far as I know, this view of Jesus was not common. I'm not aware of any other early Christian writer who directly ...

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