When and What Time Was Jesus Born?
Written by Brian Chilton This past Sunday, I received a beautiful question from a young man in our church, which I thought was worth sharing. The question came from Matthew Cleary, who was in Sunday school at the time, to his teacher, who then asked me, “What time of night was Jesus born?” “Did it happen at midnight?” To be completely honest, I had never given any attention to the question. However, while it is hard to offer a precise time and date for Christ’s birth with great accuracy, several indicators can provide us with some insight into the time and day of Christ’s birth.
While Scripture does not provide us with a great deal of information on the day and hour, it does provide us with a few hints.
Shepherds were remaining out in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night, according to Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth, according to the Evangelist, when Jesus was born, according to Luke (Lk.
It was common practice in Bethlehem to keep the sheep that were used for temple sacrifices in Jerusalem, and vice versa.
- First and foremost, the sheep would have been transported to Jerusalem by the end of December.
- When it comes to the fall season, sheep and shepherds would have been out in the fields, especially around the time when the Feast of Trumpets was being celebrated.
- In fact, it is probable that Jesus would have been one or two years old by the time they arrived in Bethlehem on their journey.
- One or more stars might have formed the constellation, or it could have been a collection of stars in a particular arrangement.
- 2:10) and when they entered “the home, they saw the infant with Mary his mother, and dropping on their knees, they worshiped him” (Mt.
- After the Christ child was born, the Magi were lead to the Christ infant by the Star of Bethlehem.
However, because the star may have represented a December visiting by the Magi, and because this occurred later than the birth of Christ, it is more likely that the birth took place first.
Another verse of Scripture is associated with the birth of Jesus, and it may come as a surprise to you.
“A tremendous sign came in heaven: a woman dressed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head,” the text states.
Then another sign came in heaven: A huge fiery red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on each of its heads, appeared.
Moreover, the dragon waited in front of the woman who was about to give birth in order to consume her kid when she did give birth.
Suddenly, God and his throne were within reach of her kid” (Rev.
According to Joseph Dumond, the book of Revelation 12 recounts a constellation that occurred at a certain point in time in history.
During the hours of 6:15 pm (sunset) to 7:45 pm (sunset), this arrangement would only be visible (moonset).
Conclusion In recent years, a rising collection of evidence has shown that Jesus was born on September 11, 3 BC, perhaps between 6:15 pm and 7:45 pm local time.
Because it would have marked the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, a holiday commemorating the Messiah’s ascension and subsequent return.
The sound of a shofar would herald the start of the festival.
Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest day of the year for the Jews.
Sukkot is also one of the most important holidays in Israel.
Sukkot, which occurs after Yom Kippur, commemorates God’s redemption of his people.
What if God decided to give the world a huge indication that he was about to redeem the world from its sins by having his Son born at the start of these festivities?
Suppose this idea is correct, and Jesus was born on September 11th, does the date of December 25th have any significance?
It is possible that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary on the 25th of December, although this is unlikely.
Additionally, it is possible that the Magi traveled to the Christ Child on December 25th after following the star.
So, while it is true that Jesus was not born on December 25th, the date still has significant significance and should serve as a constant reminder of the greatest gift that God has ever given to any of us—namely, his Son, Jesus Christ.
In Holman’s CSB Study Bible (Nashville, 2017), page 1605, footnote 2:8.
WND.com (8/23/2013), accessed on December 19, 2017, is another source of information.
Swann titled “Feasts and Festivals of Israel,” which was edited by John D.
Biography of the AuthorBrian Chilton is the founder and host of the Bellator Christi Podcast, which can be found at bellatorchristi.com.
He is a member of the Society of Biblical Apologetics.
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When and Where was Jesus Born?
Discover the date and location of Jesus’ birth as we examine significant biblical and historical evidence, as well as academic conjecture, about the miraculous birth of Christ. Explore if Jesus was indeed born on Christmas Day in the little village of Bethlehem by reading the Gospel of Luke.
When was Jesus Born?
This is an issue for which the Bible does not provide a clear solution. According to historical evidence, the earliest Christians did not make a big deal out of the birth of Jesus Christ. Even if they were aware of the particular day of his birth, they did not make a big deal about it. The customary date of December 25 may be traced back to the first decades of the Christian period, according to certain sources. No proof exists that Christians “took” the date from a pagan celebration celebrating the sun, contrary to what some have said.
Tighe, the opposite is more likely to be true: “Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Son,” which was instituted by the Roman Emperor Aurelian on 25 December 274, was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians.” Consequently, the “pagan roots of Christmas” are a fable without any historical foundation.” According to Luke 2:8-9, the Bible describes the precise time of year when Jesus was born: “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their sheep by night.” When they looked up, they saw an angel of the Lord standing before them, and they were surrounded by the glory of the Lord, and they were terrified.” It was customary for the shepherds of that region, according to biblical historian Adam Clarke, to send their sheep out to pasture from the beginning of spring until the beginning of October.
As the darker winter months approached, the flocks would begin to return from their summer pastures in need of shelter and warmth.
John the Baptist and the Birth of Christ
Christian scholars have used the birth of John the Baptist as a point of reference in order to determine a more precise timeline for Jesus’s conception and birth. John the Baptist is mentioned in Luke 1 as being born to Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, after Zacharias’ time of service in the temple was completed. In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel came to her and informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Messiah. As a result, the alleged month of Jesus’ birth can be estimated by calculating the time between the date of Zacharias’ clerical duty and the date of Jesus’ birth.
This date can be calculated by starting at John the Baptist’s conception in June, moving forward six months to reach Gabriel’s announcement of Jesus’ conception, in December, and then moving forward nine more months, the time it takes for a human pregnancy to develop, until you arrive at September, when Jesus was almost certainly born.
When the Roman Emperor Constantine decreed that Christmas should be celebrated on December 25th in 336, it became the first documented instance of Christmas being celebrated on that day (the first Christian Roman Emperor). However, at the time, it was not a recognized Roman state holiday.
Why is Christmas on December 25th?
Scholars believe the Roman Catholic Church chose December 25 as the date for the decision for a variety of reasons, including the date’s association with the winter solstice and Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to the Roman god Saturn. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, church authorities most likely chose the date “to correspond with the pagan Roman celebration commemorating the birthday of the unconquered sun,” which occurred around the time of the winter solstice in the year 2000.
Where was Jesus Born?
The answer to the question of where Jesus was born is frequently given as a city – Bethlehem. We know this because of prophecies and narrative records in the Bible, such as Luke 2:4 and Matthew 2:1. Bible experts, on the other hand, are less certain about more particular elements pertaining to the place. As previously said, we know from Luke’s narrative where Jesus was not born – an inn since there was not enough place for his parents (Luke 2:7). Isaiah 5:2 and Jewish tradition both predict that the Messiah (the Christ) will be born at Bethlehem, a tiny village near Jerusalem, on the 25th of December.
- Although Bethlehem and Ephrathah are small towns among the thousands of Judah, out of them will come forth the One who will be ruler over Israel, whose goings forth are from the beginning, from the beginning of time.” Micah 5:2, “However, you, Bethlehem and Ephrathah, though you are small among the thousands of Judah,” says the prophet. The Bible says in Matthew 2:1-2, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem during the reign of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?'” (King James Version) We have come because we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
- Luke 2:4-7, “Joseph also traveled up from Galilee, leaving the city of Nazareth and entering Judea, to the city of David, which is named Bethlehem because he was of the family and lineage of David. As a result, she delivered her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and lay Him in a manger since there was no room for them at the inn.”
Find out more about the history and significance of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, by reading the following articles.
True Significance of Jesus’ Birth
The fact that Jesus was born is far more important than knowing where and when He was born in the first place. Jesus came to earth in order to exist alongside us and to be one of us. The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would become the mother of a boy, whose name would be “Immanuel,” which means “God with us” in Hebrew (Matthew 1:23). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only born Son, that whomever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life,” said the disciple John in his letter to the Romans (John 3:16).
This is the revelation of what took place in Bethlehem and the actual significance of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Day.
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When Was Jesus Born?
The birth of Jesus Christ is honored by millions of people all over the globe on December 25, as part of their Christmas celebrations. However, the majority of experts agree that Jesus was not born on that day, or even in the year A.D. 1; rather, he was born later.
Why is Jesus’ birthday celebrated on December 25?
Many researchers believe that the Roman Catholic Church picked December 25 as the date because it coincides with the winter solstice and Saturnalia, a celebration devoted to the Roman god Saturn, both of which occur on the same day. According to professor Ignacio L. Götz in his book “Jesus the Jew: Reality, Politics, and Myth-A Personal Encounter,” the church could also co-opt this prominent pagan holiday, as well as the winter celebration of other pagan faiths, by choosing this day to honor Jesus’ birthday (Christian Faith Publishing, 2019).
Nobody, on the other hand, is certain of the precise date of Jesus’ birth. Related: Why do Christians have so many different faiths to choose from?
The Death of King Herod
Many researchers believe that the Roman Catholic Church picked December 25 as the date because it coincides with the winter solstice and Saturnalia, a celebration honoring the Roman god Saturn. According to professor Ignacio L. Götz in his book “Jesus the Jew: Reality, Politics, and Myth-A Personal Encounter,” the church could also co-opt this prominent pagan event, as well as the winter celebrations of other pagan faiths, by choosing this day to honor Jesus’ birthday (Christian Faith Publishing, 2019).
See also: Why do Christian denominations exist in such large numbers?
The Star of Bethlehem
Another group of researchers has sought to match the “Star of Bethlehem,” which is said to have hailed Jesus’ birth, with actual astronomical phenomena in order to determine the year of Jesus’ birth. scientist Colin Humphreys argued in a 1991 essay published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society that the mythical star was really a slow-moving comet, which Chinese watchers first observed in 5 B.C. Humphreys’ idea, on the other hand, has now been disproved. Related: Is it possible that the Christmas Star is indeed the Star of Bethlehem?
Another option is a comparable conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter, which happened in October of 7 B.C.
In addition, there has been conjecture that Jesus was born in the springtime.
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Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)
It is as a result that there are several different tales of how and when the date of December 25 came to be regarded as Jesus’ birthday. According to most sources, the birth was initially considered to have occurred on January 6, approximately 200 A.D., when the Roman calendar was in use. Why? Although no one knows for certain, religionfacts.com speculates that it may have been the consequence of “a computation based on an anticipated date of crucifixion of April 6 combined with the ancient idea that prophets died on the same day as their conception,” among other factors.
Who was the one who made the decision?
In ” The Golden Bough,” a highly influential 19th-century comparative study of religion and mythology written by the British anthropologist Sir James George Frazer and first published in 1890, one of the most widely accepted explanations for why Christmas is celebrated on December 25 is laid out in detail.
- Frazer addressed the subject of religion from a cultural — rather than a theological — standpoint, and he connected the celebration of Christmas to ancient pagan rites in his writing.
- Observers of the Julian calendar observed the winter solstice on December 25th, which was celebrated as the Nativity of the Sun, since the days begin to lengthen and the strength of the sun begins to rise from that point in the year’s cycle.
- The celebrants withdrew into certain inner sanctuaries, from which they emerged at midnight with a resounding cry: “The Virgin has given birth!
- No doubt the Virgin who conceived and gave birth to a son on December 25th was the great Oriental deity whom the Semites dubbed the Heavenly Virgin or simply the Heavenly Goddess; in Semitic regions, she was known as Astarte, or the Goddess of the Heavens.
- Due to the fact that the Gospels make no mention of the day of Christ’s birth, the early Church did not observe it.
In contrast, at the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth century, the Western Church, which had never recognized the sixth of January as the day of the Nativity, came to recognize the twenty-fifth of December as the correct date, and over time, the Eastern Church came to accept the Western Church’s decision as well.
What factors influenced the decision of the church authority to initiate the Christmas celebration?
His explanation for why the celebration of the sixth of January was moved from the sixth of January to the twenty-fifth of December is as follows: The heathens had a tradition of celebrating the birthday of the Sun on the same twenty-fifth of December, at which time they would burn candles as a symbol of celebration.
- As a result, when the Church’s physicians saw that Christians were gravitating toward this holiday, they convened a council and decided that the genuine Nativity would be celebrated on that day, with the feast of the Epiphany falling on the sixth of January.
- Similar to this, Leo the Great reprimanded the widespread notion that Christmas was celebrated because of the birth of the new sun, as it was termed, rather than the nativity of Christ, as it had been done previously.
- Despite its widespread acceptance today, this idea about the origins of Christmas is not without flaws.
- Christian authors of the time period did make a connection between the solstice and the birth of Jesus: the church patriarch Ambrose (c.
- Early Christian writers, on the other hand, make no mention of any recent calendrical engineering, indicating that they do not believe the date was picked by the church.
- Furthermore, the first citations of a date for Christmas, which occurred about 200 A.D., occurred during a period when “Christians were not significantly adopting extensively from pagan rituals of such an evident type,” according to the book.
Among its many conclusions are the following:”Clearly, there was a tremendous deal of doubt, but also a great deal of interest, in timing Jesus’ birth in the late second century.” When we get to the fourth century, however, we discover references to two dates that were generally acknowledged as Jesus’ birthday, and which are currently also honored as such: December 25 in the western Roman Empire and January 6 in the Eastern Roman Empire (especially in Egypt and Asia Minor).
- Despite the fact that the contemporary Armenian church continues to celebrate Christmas on January 6, most Christians observe the holiday on December 25, with January 6 becoming known as the Feast of the Epiphany, in honor of the entrance of the magi in Bethlehem.
- The first date listed, December 25, is marked:natus Christus in Betleem Judeae: “Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.
- —- Here’s a bit additional background on the non-religious character of Santa Claus, which you might find interesting.
- Nicolas Center (whose Web site has the subtitle “Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus”), the character known today as Santa Claus originated with a man named Nicolas, who is said to have been born in the 3rd century A.D.
- in the village of Patara, which was then Greek and is now Turkish.
- He was ordained as a priest and used his wealth to serve others, eventually rising to the position of guardian of children, performing miracles to aid them.
- in a church, where a material with healing properties known as manna developed in his grave, according to the center.
How did this man, who was revered as a saint, come to be known as Santa Claus, the man with the red suit and white beard?
Nicolas Center, while St.
New Yorkers recalled with pleasure their colony’s largely forgotten Dutch beginnings after the American Revolution, according to the center for historical studies.
Nicholas was championed as patron saint of both society and the city by John Pintard, a prominent patriot and antiquarian who formed the New York Historical Society in 1804.
Nicholas Day that same year, he published the satirical novel, Knickerbocker’s History of New York, which contained numerous allusions to a jolly St.
Not the saintlybishop, but rather an elfin Dutch burgher with a clay pipe, this was the case.
Nicholas legends in New Amsterdam have their origins in these delightful flights of fancy: the first Dutch emigrant ship had a figurehead of St.
Nicholas Day was observed in the colony; the first church was dedicated to him; and St.
Irving’s work was hailed as the “first remarkable work of imagination in the New World.” Irving was born in New York City.
Nicholas anniversary supper, which was attended by almost 200 people.
Nicholas was depicted in a gift-giving role, with toys and other goodies for children displayed in stockings hung above a fireplace.
It was my intention to serve you for the rest of my life.
With the publishing of theChildren’s Friend, the first lithographed book in America, the year 1821 brought with it some novel characteristics.
The anonymous poem and drawings were significant in moving iconography away from the notion of a holy bishop.
guides a Parent’s hand to use when virtue’s road his sons refuse to walk,” according to the legend.
peg-top or a ball;” there were no crackers, cannons, squibs, or rockets to blow their eyes out or their pockets full of money as part of the gift.
Claus’ first appearance on Christmas Eve, rather than on December 6th, as had previously been the case.
Nicholas,” which would eventually become known as “The Night Before Christmas,” that a contemporary version of the fat Santa began to take hold, complete with reindeer pulling his sleigh and chimney as his distribution mechanism.
Eventually, that Santa became the one that children in the United States and other areas of the globe are familiar with today, but St.
Was Nicolas the genuine deal?
Nicholas only existed in mythology, and that there is no trustworthy historical record of him.
Many of the legends about St.
However, the facts of St.
In addition, they give an accurate depiction of his personal features, which are further developed in subsequent stories.
(You can read more about those “facts” in an essay titled “Was St. Nicolas a Real Person?” which may be found here.) That’s all there is to it. You may not have been aware of some of the history of Christmas until now. If you’ve made it this far, you’ve earned it.
Why was Jesus Born at Midnight?
In the gospel story, midnight is not mentioned at all; rather, “the night watch” is mentioned (Lk 2:8). It was the period between sunset and morning, the late-night hours, a time when there was complete and absolute darkness. The blackness of the midnight hour is not just a result of the absence of daylight, but it also has significant symbolic meaning. Darkness is a representation of sin and the absence of God in our lives. As the saying goes, “they liked darkness. because their works were bad” (Jn 3:19).
- in order that his deeds may not be exposed” (Jn 3:20).
- Evil actions are carried out under the shadows of night.
- “Anyone who travels in the dark does not know where he is going,” Jesus stated to his disciples (Jn 12:35).
- “Nothing nice happens after midnight,” according to a police proverb.
- The commission of immoral action is commonly committed in the dark of the night.
- The earth is shrouded in gloom and despair.
- There is political division and racial struggle on a national level, as well as abortion and violence, corruption, and selfishness.
On many occasions, the darkness feels all-encompassing and overwhelming.
It was no coincidence that the meeting took place at this time.
When Jesus was born, he represented the genuine light that was entering the earth (Jn 1:9; see also Jn 3:19a).
“I came into the world as light in order that everyone who believes in me may not remain in the darkness,” Jesus said in his explanation (Jn 12:46).
The time has arrived to see the light.
He is a ray of hope in a dark world.
“The darkness has not vanquished it” (Jn 1:5b), not in the past, not in the present, nor in the future, not at any time in the history of mankind.
His brightness is so bright that it outshines everything around him. I woke up to a clear sky around midnight, and it was time for midnight mass. Why was Jesus born at twelve o’clock in the morning? Hotdishes for Catholics are categorized as follows:
When was Jesus born?
When Hebrew shepherds customarily tended their flocks in open fields, as described in the biblical tale of Mary and Elizabeth’s pregnancies, they were considered to be pregnant.
What month was Jesus born in?
While reading the narrative of Jesus’ birth, we are frequently reminded of the shepherds who were out in the fields keeping an eye on their flocks. What information can we glean from this evidence concerning the date of Jesus’ birth? The flocks in the fields were most likely there around the time of our modern-day Christmas, on December 25th. Related articles can be found at: What were the identities of the three Magi? What city was the site of Jesus’ birth? What was Jesus’ physical appearance like?
“Now there were shepherds living out in the fields in the same country, keeping watch over their flocks at night,” says the author.
For refuge and warmth, the flocks would return from their wintering grounds as the colder winter months approached.
Clues to determine Jesus’ birthday
By looking at the birth of John the Baptist, we may glean some new information that will help us answer the issue of “when was Jesus truly born.” The story of Zacharias, a priest of the priestly order of Abijah, and his barren wife, Elizabeth, who became pregnant with John the Baptist after his days of duty in the temple is told in Luke 1. Zacharias was from the priestly order of Abijah, and Elizabeth was barren. In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel came to Mary and informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
- The Jewish priests were organized into 24 courses, each of which was responsible for ministering in the temple throughout the year.
- The beginning of the tenth week corresponded with the second Sabbath of the month of Sivan, which spans roughly from the middle of May to the beginning of June.
- “Now after those days, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant; and she withdrew herself for five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He watched on me, to remove my reputation among the people,'” according to Luke 1:24-28, 31.
- This was in the sixth month.
Mary was the name of the virgin. As soon as the angel entered, she was greeted with the words “Rejoice, highly favored one; the Lord is with you; happy are you among women!” The Lord has revealed to me that you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a Son, whom you will name Jesus.”
The date of Jesus’ birth?
In light of the foregoing, we may estimate that Jesus was born somewhere around the month of Tishri, based on the scriptures mentioned above (mid to lateSeptember). To arrive at this date, begin with the conception of John the Baptist in the month of Sivan (June), count forward six months to arrive at Gabriel’s announcement of the conception of Jesus in the month of Kislev (December), then count forward nine more months, the length of time it takes for a human to gestate, to arrive at the month of Tishri (September), when Jesus was born.
Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection
Although we do not know the precise date of Jesus’ birth, we may be confident that He died for our sins (Galatians 3:13), rose again (I Corinthians 15:3-6), and will return to take us to paradise at some point in the future (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Consider the cost of such a sacrifice. Imagine giving up the splendor of paradise in order to preserve humanity. Consider Jesus, His sacrifice, and His kindness as you go about your year. Consider the question, “How can I live like He lived?” What methods may I use to spread His word to individuals in my immediate vicinity?
Christ is born?
The birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated on December 25 by the majority of Christians, although only a few people throughout the first two centuries of the Christian era claimed to know the precise day or year in which he was born. Interestingly, the first known mention of aChristmascelebration is found in a Roman almanac from 336 A.D., which describes a Christ’s Nativity feast organized by the church of Rome. Christmas was first celebrated on December 25, although the exact reason for this remains unknown.
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- Easter was the most important event on the Christian calendar for early Christians (and for many Christians today), as it commemorated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Every winter, the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival that began on December 17 and finished on or around December 25 with a winter solstice celebration in honor of the beginning of the new solar cycle.
- This festival was a time of celebration, during which family and friends would exchange presents with one another.
Following the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine I to Christianity in 312 and the subsequent sanctioning of Christianity, church leaders made efforts to appropriate the winter solstice holidays in order to facilitate a more seamless conversion to Christianity for the emperor’s subjects.
- Church officials may have claimed that because the world was reportedly founded on the spring equinox (late March), Jesus would have been conceived by God on the same day, thus justifying the celebration of Jesus’ birthday in late December.
- From Rome, the celebration of Christ’s birth spread to other Christian churches in the west and east, and by the end of the fourth century, the majority of Christians were commemorating Christ’s birth on December 25.
- The wordChristmasfirst appeared in the English language in the formChristes maesse, which literally translates as “Christ’s mass” or “Christmas feast” in Old English.
- Nicholas of Myra, a saint who is claimed to have visited youngsters with presents and admonitions immediately before Christmas, was a major medieval celebration.
- Nicholas — Sinterklaas — on their doorsteps.
- The total amount of time spent playing in the Christmas event was 82 minutes and 40 seconds.
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When Was Jesus Really Born? Not Dec. 25
Christians all around the world are looking forward to the approach of Christmas, a wonderful day in which to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Even Christians, however, are unable to agree on the date of Jesus’ birth, more than two millennia after his historic mission. Catholic and Protestant traditions celebrate Christmas on December 25, whereas Orthodox Christians in nations such as Russia, Greece, and Egypt celebrate Christmas on January 6 or 7, depending on the country. Nonetheless, historians and biblical scholars contend that even those accepted dates are up to debate.
According to Ian Paul, a theologian, biblical scholar, and author who blogs at his websitePsephizo, the gospel writers were more interested in theology than chronology.
As a result of a complex set of calculations relating to the birth of John the Baptist, who is also recorded in Luke, Paul’s best bet for the real date of Jesus’ birth is sometime around September, according to his own research.
According to Paul, by December, the Judean hillsides outside of Bethlehem are cold enough to receive snow on their summits.
Jesus Wasn’t Born in ‘Year 1’
First and first, historians largely agree that we have the wrong year for the birth of Jesus, even before we get into the month and day issue. How is this possible, though, given that “year 1” on the Gregorian calendar was based on the year in which Jesus was born? The simple explanation is that the individual who came up with the concept of anno Domini (abbreviated A.D.) for “Year of Our Lord” was mistaken by many years when he first thought of it. Even Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged in a 2012 book that Dionysius Exiguus, the sixth-century monk who initially computed the year of Jesus’ birth, had made a mistake and that Jesus was most likely born between 7 B.C.
For religious neutrality, modern authors may prefer to use the abbreviations CE (for Christian era) and BC (for Biblical era) instead of A.D.
In addition, the Bible claims multiple times that Jesus was born while Herod the Great was reigning as King of Judea, which provides overwhelming evidence for an earlier birth year for the Savior of the world.
If we believe Josephus’ account, Jesus must have been born at least four years earlier (and most likely far earlier) than our calendar indicates, according to Josephus.
How December and January Became the Traditional Dates for Christmas
However, the common claim that Christians selected December 25 to co-opt the ancient solsticefestival of Sol Invictus is not founded on solid evidence, but rather on the scrawled notes of an unidentified Syrian monk from the 12th century. His point was not to accuse Christians of stealing Christmas but to provide an explanation for why western churches “shifted” the festival from January to December. According to the Biblical Archaeology Society, the first reference of a date for Christmas was about 200 C.E., and the earliest celebrations of it occurred between 250 and 300 C.E., “a period when Christians were not significantly adopting extensively from pagan rituals of such an evident kind.” In the years following Jesus’ death, early Christians didn’t pay much attention to the anniversary of his birth.
- The persecution and even martyrdom of Christians during those times prompted them to place a strong emphasis on Easter, which commemorates Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross, after which he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
- that early Christian theologians began speculating about the date of Jesus’ birth, according to the Bible.
- It was formerly believed that the lives of great individuals were linked to particular periods of the year, according to Paul, who claims that this was the case in ancient times.
- For example, it appears that ancient sources thought Jesus was either born or divinely conceived at Passover, the Jewish festival celebrated during which he was subsequently killed in the springtime.
- Passover in the year of Jesus’ death was projected to occur on March 25 in Rome and other western regions, according to historical records.
- The addition of nine months resulted in the establishment of two traditional Christmas dates in Christianity: December 25 and January 6.
The September Theory of Christmas
However, the common claim that Christians selected December 25 to co-opt the ancient solsticefestival of Sol Invictus is not founded on solid evidence, but rather on the scrawled notes of an unknown Syrian monk from the 12th century. His point was not to accuse Christians of stealing Christmas but to propose an explanation for why western churches “shifted” the festival from January to December. According to the Biblical Archaeology Society, the first mention of Christmas was about 200 C.E., and the earliest celebrations of it occurred between 250 and 300 C.E., “a period when Christians were not significantly adopting extensively from pagan rituals of such an evident type.” Early Christians didn’t pay much attention to Jesus’ birthday until hundreds of years after his death.
It wasn’t until the third and fourth centuries C.E.
Also, those dates were associated with the Easter season even back then.
Famous people who died in the same month and on the same day that they were born are called “heroic figures” (years apart of course).
To determine Jesus’ birthday, Christians who thought that he was conceived around the time of Passover/Easter began counting nine months ahead of time.
Eastern Christian societies used the Greek calendar, which put the same Passover on April 6 as it does in the west. Add nine months to the equation, and you have two traditional Christmas dates: December 25th and January 6th, according to Christian tradition.