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The simple mathematics of Jesus

December 2012, ISBN 9789461935052
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Cover text

We can apply mathematics to anything, like space, numbers, physics, biology, etcetera. This essay applies mathematics to the story of Jesus of Nazareth.

The simple mathematics of Jesus concerns the development of the calendar using astronomy.

The priest-astrologers regarded the sun, moon, planets and stars as gods and goddesses. They used poetic language to remember the observations and to pass those on to new generations. The uninitiated who heard the stories started to think that those were really about the gods. 

There is for example the division of the day into morning, noon and evening. Three times 60 degrees gives the heavenly dome of 180 degrees. Sixty translates as Great One, since Sumerian arithmetic uses base 60. Three times the Great One gives the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (old man). When god dies he resurrects in the morning again as his own son. What is useful for the measurement of time becomes a rich theology. The essay contains many examples like this.

The essay suggests complexer mathematics to discover who Jesus was and how the Bible was written.

Thomas Colignatus is econometrician and teacher of mathematics. See

See pages 1 to 12 with Contents and Introduction

Included: Education of mathematics and brain research, July 2011

Structure of the essay

5000 years of history are not easy to handle.
The book consists of "panels" of each a page, that each summarizes key information. 
The panels are collected by kind: theory, astronomy / astrology, cultural layer, patterns, and evaluation.
The leading questions are: what do we want to know, and what can we prove ?
Since the information is available in panels, the reader is free to pose the own questions:
wat do you want to know, and what do you consider proven ?
In the evaluation at the end, the essay crystallises into the questions indicated by logic,
in what we necessarily want to know and can use as proof for that.


  • From grades 11 and 12 of K12 for mathematics, in combination with astronomy, history and philosophy. 
  • Who wants to understand more about 5000 years of history and the role of the mathematical ability for abstraction.
  • Readers who doubt the existence of God (other than Nature, in the view of Spinoza).
  • People who want to understand how religious intolerance can relate to straight thinking in mathematics.
  • Readers who hesitate about astrology, homeopathy, something-ism, or plain belief, or perhaps humanism.
  • Universities who consider reorganisation of the department of theology into theonomy.
  • Politicians who want to base their policy upon neighbourly love.
  • Readers will tend to like the 30th Van der Leeuw lecture by Philipp Blom, and perhaps also the book "Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A New History of Power" by David Priestland - see this review and then compare my column.

Introducing the book
Why Christ came down to Earth
Historical judgement on Jesus and the sieve of realism


Review by an outsider of ancient history and new testament studies of
"Maurice Casey (2014): Jesus. Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths"
(May 11 2014)
How a mainstream historical method creates its own Jesus. Not quite a Book Review: Comparing "IsraŽl verdeeld" (Israel divided) by Lendering 2014 with "The simple mathematics of Jesus" by Colignatus 2012
(December 6 2014)

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