And if anyone is interested, here’s the two versions:
1584 Medieval text:
The twenty-fifth of December.
The … day of the Moon.
In the year, from the creation of the world, when in the beginning God created Heaven and earth, five thousand one hundred and ninety-nine;
from the flood, two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven;
from the birth of Abraham, two thousand and fifteen;
From Moses and the coming of the Israelites out of Egypt, one thousand five hundred and ten;
From the anointing of King David, one thousand and thirty-two;
in the sixty-fifth week, according to the prophecy of Daniel;
In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
in the year seven hundred and fifty-two from the founding of the city of Rome;
in the forty-second year of the empire of Octavian Augustus,
when the whole world was at peace, in the sixth age of the world, Jesus Christ, eternal God, and Son of the eternal Father, desirous to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and nine months having elapsed since His conception, is born in Bethlehem of Juda, having become Man of the Virgin Mary.
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh
2005 Modern text:
The Twenty-fifth Day of December,
When ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness;
When century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace;
In the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees;
In the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt;
Around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;
In the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
In the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome
In the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
The whole world being at peace, Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed since his conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
I prefer the Modern text infinitely over the Medieval text because the historically uncertain dates have been modified while the historically certain dates were retained.
The modern and medieval text both agree that the Nativity of Christ occured in the 42nd year of Caesar Augustus, in the year 752 after the founding of Rome, in the 194th Olympiad, in the 65th week of the Prophet Daniel.
But then the Medieval text gives exact (and very historically uncertain, ESPECIALLY for the Flood and Creation) dates and says 1,032nd year since David, 1,510th year since the Exodus, 2,015th since Abraham, 2,957th since the Flood, 5,199 since the Creation of the World…