Who Was At Jesus Birth?

Jesus’ birth – God – GCSE Religious Studies Revision – WJEC

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God’s plan for Jesus’ birth was conveyed to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, who accepted to bear the Son of God and to cooperate with God’s plan.Due of her status as the Immaculate Conception, Mary was especially selected.It was the angel who told her not to be terrified: ″Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been generous to you.″ You will get pregnant and give birth to a boy, whom you will name Jesus, after the Savior of the world.from Luke 1:29 to 31 According to the gospels, Mary and Joseph were required to go to Bethlehem because a census had been ordered, and they were then required to return to their respective hometowns.

Because of the census, Bethlehem was completely suffocating, and Mary gave birth to the Son of God in a barn.She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in clothes, and lay him in a manger since there was no room for them to remain at the inn where they were staying.2:7 (Luke 2:7) Visitors to the infant are mentioned in both Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels.The Magi, according to Matthew’s Gospel, come to see the new infant and deliver him presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh after following a star to locate the kid and bring him gifts.It is via these presents that the newborn is recognized as a king and as a symbol of holiness and monarchy.

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Jesus’ Birth – Roman History

Note: The following post is adapted from the book Mysteries of Jesus’ Life Revealed—His Birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions, written by Joseph Lenard and published by Harper & Row. For a summary of this intriguing study, as well as a detailed chapter listing, please see the link below.

The “Dark Decade” in History – 6 BC to AD 4

In previous posts, I have demonstrated with high certainty that Jesus was born on September 11, 3 BC, which is the most plausible date for his birth.Is it possible to obtain more confirmation of this date from secular historical records?This is the sixth component of the puzzle.However, despite the fact that the answer is ″Yes,″ secular documents from the Roman Empire during the period 6 BC to AD 4 are limited.

Among Roman historians, it has been noted that ″this ten-year era (one of the most significant in the history of western civilisation) is riddled with numerous historical and chronological problems as a result of the garbled or defective documents that have come down to us.″ Sir Ronald Syme reiterated this concern in his book The Crisis of 2 BC (1974), in which he wrote of ″…the dangers inherent in the obscure decade 6 B.C.- A.D.4,″ a period that included the Roman conquest of Greece and the fall of Rome.Similarly, Ernest Martin observed of the famous first-century historian Josephus: ″One must use caution in the reading of Josephus—particularly in chronological issues from about 9 B.C.

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  • 6—because he is a work of fiction.″ There is no explanation as to why Josephus did not provide cross-references to globally acknowledged periods of time during that time period; yet, he was careless!
  • And this is precisely where we have a problem.
  • The records of Roman historians are severely lacking during this time period (it was during the era when that dark decade was in existence), and Josephus himself fails us when it comes to providing accurate chronological clues during this time period.
  • It is understandable that historians are perplexed over the exact date of Jesus’ birth.″ According to Martin, despite the shortcomings of secular historians who wrote during the period of Jesus’ birth, early Christian historians were remarkable in their consistency in proclaiming that Jesus was born after 4 BC, rather than before 4 BC, as is the position held so firmly by many scholars today, which is unfortunately the case.
Roman History Preceding Jesus’ Birth

It is not feasible to cover all that happened in Roman history during the years leading up to Jesus’ birth in the limited space given.I shall, however, make an effort to draw attention to a few of the more significant historical events, including, first, the period of Rome’s grandeur and the awarding of the Pater Patriae to Caesar Augustus, and, second, the census of Quirinius, which took place in 63 AD.

The Glory of Rome and Augustus

According to E.J.Bickerman’s book Chronology of the Ancient World (1968), the time between 3 BC and 2 BC was particularly critical for the Roman Empire.This was a time when the Roman Empire was at its pinnacle of splendor.

The imperial lands were ablaze with festivity and celebration across the Roman Empire.As emperor of the Romans, Caesar Augustus celebrated his 25th year in office in the year 2 BC, which corresponded to the year he was declared ″Augustus″ on January 16, 27 BC.The year 2 BC also happened to be the 750th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rome.According to Martin, Augustus was bestowed his most distinguished title, that of Pater Patriae, in the year 2 BC (Father of the Country).On February 5, 2 BC, the honor was presented by the Roman Senate (the Day of Concord).

  • Because of a decree issued by Augustus in the year prior to the award (3 BC), the entire Roman population was required to register their oath of allegiance to Augustus in connection with his receipt of the Pater Patriae award.
  • This decree is significant in understanding when Jesus was born because it coincides with the year in which Jesus was born.
  • Here’s what Luke says happened during the census: ″During those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree requiring a census to be taken throughout the whole Roman world.″ This was the first census to be conducted when Quirinius was governor of Syria…
  • As a result, Joseph traveled from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea, the town of David, since he was descended from the house and line of David.
  • He went to Mary’s house in order to register…″ (See Luke 2:1-5a in the New International Version.) This census, oath, and registration took place in the summer to early fall of 3 BC, which corresponds to the likely date of September 11, 3 BC, for the birth of Jesus, according to tradition.
  • According to William Ramsay, the customary period for Roman censuses was from August to October, not in the late fall, winter, or early spring during the rainy season, as was the case previously.
  • The timing of the census in 3 BC, which took place between August and October, provides additional evidence for the birth of Jesus in September of that year – since Luke’s Gospel clearly states that Joseph and Mary were traveling to Bethlehem in order to comply with the census at the time of Jesus’ birth.
  • I find it fascinating that the heavenly indications understood by the Magi as relevant to the King of kings were, according to legend, interpreted in Rome as applicable to Augustus and the dawning of a new and beautiful day for the city of Rome, as described in The Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics.
  1. The planet Jupiter was revered by the Romans as ″guardian and ruler of the Empire,″ and it was believed to be responsible for determining the direction of all human events.
  2. Clearly, the Magi were not pleased with Rome’s heavenly promises, as seen by their decision to journey to Bethlehem rather than to Rome itself.
The Census of Quirinius

During the time of Quirinius (KJV: Cyrenius), who was ″governor of Syria,″ according to Luke, Jesus was born during a census or registration.This reference by Luke has caused confusion among historians, who have reported that they were unable to locate any evidence of a census by Quirinius that took place between 7 BC and 1 BC during this time period.Several pieces of evidence indicate that Quirinius (Sulpicius Quirinius) was governor of Syria for a period of time commencing in AD 6/7, at which point he conducted a census, which is mentioned again by Luke in Acts 5:37.According to Ernest Martin, ″…

up to this point, no available information has been discovered to show that Quirinius was an administrator (as well as a census taker) in 3/2 B.C.or in previous years.″ This new historical study, on the other hand, has been able to locate the census of Quirinius in the historical records that took place at the time of Jesus’ birth.″ At first sight, it appears as though there is a significant problem with the historical documents in question.On closer inspection, however, it appears that the uncertainty is linked to three persons who were active in the governance of Syria in various roles throughout the approximate time period around the birth of Jesus, according to the evidence.Quintilius Varus, Sentius Saturninus, and Sulpicius Quirinius were the three men in question.Quintilius Varus was governor of Syria twice, according to evidence from Roman coins discovered, Josephus’ testimony, and various other sources.

  • He ruled from 7 or 6 BC to 4 BC, and again from 2 BC to AD 1, according to the evidence.
  • Sentius Saturninus served as governor between Quintilius Varus’ two governorships, from 4 BC to 2 BC, in the interim between the two governorships of Quintilius Varus (Josephus, Antiquities).
  • Ernest Martin’s books contain the following chart, which is reproduced here.
  • It displays the historically correct terms of governance in Syria from 7 BC to 1 AD, and it is based on historical sources.
  • Was Sulpicius Quirinius, the ″governor of Syria″ who was mentioned in Luke’s Gospel, a historical figure?
  • Because there was a census taking place at the time, some have speculated that Luke got his facts mixed up with the census of Quirinius in AD 6/7.
  • There is undisputed evidence that Quirinius was governor of Syria from AD 6 to AD 7 at the time of Luke’s writing.
  • According to the results of the investigation, an intriguing solution to the seeming difficulty exists.
  1. We learn from Josephus’ book Antiquities that the early Christian historian Tertullian said that Roman records documented censuses (plural) in Palestine around the time of Jesus’ birth, which corresponds to the period of Jesus’ birth.
  2. Tertullian said that they took place during the time of Saturninus’s governorship of Syria, which corresponded to the year 3/2 BC in the Roman calendar.
  3. This appears to be at odds with Luke’s version of events.
  4. Josephus, on the other hand, gives some clarification.

During the reign of Saturninus, according to Josephus, there were ″governors″ (plural!) in Syria, according to the historical record.Quirinius did, in fact, conduct a census in Judaea during the period that Saturninus was governor of Syria, as has since been shown by historical evidence.In contrast, according to Justin Martyr’s book Apology, Quirinius really held the position of ″procurator″ (rather than governor) in Judaea at the time of this specific census (the one that took place during the birth of Jesus).Procurators were appointed by the Emperor apart from governors and were not subject to the same restrictions (legatus).

So it indicates that Luke was fully aware that Quirinius was in Palestine taking a census at the same time that Saturninus was the legitimate, formal ruler of Syria.So, why did Luke refer to Quirinius as ″governor″ while his official title was ″procurator″ instead?Rather than using the Greek term Legatus (which means ″governor″), Luke used the Greek word hegemoneuontos (which simply means ″governing″ or ″administering″) instead.The result is that in this instance, the title ″governor″ was wrongly employed by translators, rather than the more acceptable terms ″administration″ or ″procurator.″ In addition, there is another possible source of the ambiguity.Is it feasible that the census reported by Luke was primarily for taxing purposes and not for the purpose of counting people?

  1. If this was not the census performed by Rome for the purpose of conferring the title of Pater Patriae on Caesar Augustus, is it feasible that this was not the same census?
  2. That is not the case.
  3. According to historical records, the first and second formal censuses for the purpose of taxation were held in 28 BC and 8 BC, respectively, exactly 20 years apart.
  4. As a result, the census described by Luke was indeed associated with Augustus’ elevation to the position of Pater Patriae.

Having stated that, we can now better appreciate why even sceptic historians believe Luke to be a brilliant historian once everything has been said and done.On closer inspection, we can discover that Luke was correct – that in the instance of King Herod’s reign in Syria, as well as his biblical story of the birth of Jesus, all historical sources are reconciled and corroborate the proposed birth date for Jesus of September 11, 3 BC.We have finally completed the assembly of puzzle component 6.

Important Note: In my next blog post, I will explore the death of King Herod in light of Jesus’ life.

The Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

An Angel Visits Mary

The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, ″Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.″ (TNIV)

A young Jewish woman named Mary was approached by an angel named Gabriel one day some 2,000 years ago.The angel was named Gabriel.The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of a boy named Jesus, who would be the Son of God!Even though Mary was befuddled and concerned by the unexpected news, she maintained her confidence in God and answered, ″I am the Lord’s servant; let it be as you say.″

Journey to Bethlehem

Mary and her future husband, Joseph, resided in a town named Nazareth around the time of Jesus’ birth.However, they were had to travel to Bethlehem in order to register for a census that had been ordered by the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.Both Nazareth and Bethlehem are located inside the borders of what is now known as Israel.The distance between Nazareth and Bethlehem is approximately 65 miles (105 kilometers), and the journey probably took them many days.

In Bethlehem, when Joseph and Mary arrived, there was no place for them to stay because the inn had already been fully booked.As a result, they ended up spending the night in a stable, which was used to house animals.It’s likely that there was fresh hay on the floor, which they utilized for bedding.Jesus was born on the night in Bethlehem.Because there was no cot available, they placed the newborn Jesus in a manger, which was a food dish for animals.

  • The manger was most likely filled with fresh hay, and it served as a comfortable bed for the newborn.

Shepherds Visit Jesus

Jesus was born in a stable and laid to sleep in a manger. The shepherds came to see firsthand the things the angel had told them.

Some shepherds were out in the fields near Bethlehem on that particular night, keeping an eye on their flocks of sheep.They were visited by an angel who brought them the joyful news that a Savior, the Messiah, had been born to them.The shepherds were instructed by an angel that they would be able to discover Jesus laying in a manger.At that moment, a swarm of angels arrived and exclaimed, ″Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill among mankind!″ The shepherds hastened towards Bethlehem, where they discovered Jesus in the manger, exactly as the angel had said.

As soon as they learned that Jesus had appeared to them, they spread the word, and everyone who heard the story was taken aback.

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Wise Men Visit Jesus

Wise men from the East came to worship Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The birth of a new monarch was heralded by a star in the sky, which was seen by wise men or magi from eastern lands some centuries later.They traveled to Judea, which is the territory around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to worship Jesus, the new king, as he was proclaimed.The king of Judea was a guy by the name of Herod.He summoned the wise men to a conference and instructed them to track out the new king so that he may pay his respects to him as well.

The wise men proceeded on their journey to Bethlehem, where they followed the star until it was precisely above the home where Jesus was staying.They discovered Mary and Jesus in the home and bowed their heads in reverence before Him.They presented Jesus with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which were considered to be among the best things available in the ancient world.Frankincense was burned to provide a pleasant scent, while myrrh was used to manufacture luxury perfumes and cosmetics.Following their encounter with Jesus, the wise men had a dream in which they were cautioned not to return to King Herod, prompting them to choose an alternate path home.

Journey to Egypt

When King Herod informed the three wise men that he desired to worship Jesus, he was lying.He was concerned that this new ″king″ would usurp his position as monarch of Judea.He didn’t realize that Jesus would grow up to be the king of God’s spiritual kingdom, rather than the ruler of Judea, as he thought.What Herod actually desired was to track down and kill Jesus!

When Herod discovered that the three wise men had not returned to inform him where to find Jesus, he became enraged and demanded to know why.He dispatched his soldiers to Bethlehem with the orders to slaughter all children under the age of two, believing that Jesus would almost certainly be among those killed.God, on the other hand, had warned Joseph in a dream that he should escape to Egypt.As a result of Joseph’s actions, Mary and Jesus were sent to Egypt, where they would be protected from Herod.Joseph, Mary, and Jesus remained in Egypt until Herod was assassinated, after which they returned to their hometown of Nazareth.


Is it true that Jesus was born on Christmas Day?The holiday of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus, yet no one is certain of the precise day of his birth, or even the year of his birth.In 336 A.D., the Western Church, which was located in Rome, chose December 25 as the day to celebrate Christmas, which literally translates as ″Christ’s Mass.″ The Eastern Church picked the sixth of January.The day was given the name Epiphany, which literally translates as ″appearance.″ The time between December 25 and January 6 became known as the ″Twelve Days of Christmas″ as a result of this.


The legends of Jesus’ birth serve as a connection between the past and the present.Considering the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth, it seems clear that He fulfilled the Old Testament predictions of a coming Messiah (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23).He was born in the city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:5-6).He had been summoned out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:15).

When Jesus was born, it was in a stable, which was the most basic of settings.In a similar vein, Jesus demonstrated how God’s favor is reserved for the impoverished and disadvantaged.The three wise men from the Gentile world came to adore Jesus.Gentiles would eventually make up the majority of the Christian world in the future.Herod’s effort to assassinate Jesus foreshadows Jesus’ crucifixion, which takes place around 33 years later.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

This is a condensed version of the Biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth.You may read more in-depth Bible passages from the Scripture below, as well as articles and videos, to gain a better understanding of the significance of this world-changing event in Scripture.In the year 2000, a young lady from the village of Nazareth named Mary was visited by an angel named Gabriel, who spoke to her in a dream.The angel Gabriel informed the Jewish lady that she would become the mother of a boy named Jesus, who would later be revealed to be the Son of God.

Mary was engaged to Joseph, the man who would become her husband, at the time of this writing.When Mary’s story was conveyed to Joseph, he was saddened and perplexed since he did not trust her.After visiting Joseph, the angel Gabriel revealed to him that Mary would be expecting a child from the Lord, and that she would give birth to a boy named Jesus, who would rescue the world from its sins.When the Roman emperor ordered a census of all people to be taken in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph were forced to leave their home in Nazareth and come to Bethlehem.After traveling for several days on a donkey while pregnant, Mary and Joseph arrived at Bethlehem only to be told that there were no available accommodations for them.

  • The inns were completely booked.
  • An innkeeper informed Joseph that they may rest in his stable because Mary was due at any time, and he accepted the offer.
  • Mary and Joseph sat down on the hay in a barn with animals resting around them and began to pray.
  • As soon as Mary went into labor, Jesus was born in a nearby barn.
  • The manger, which served as a feeding bowl for the animals, was most likely the sole area for the sleeping infant to lay.
  • Shepherds who were keeping an eye on their sheep in the fields near Bethlehem were visited by an angel during this time period.
  • The happy news of the birth of the Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ, was delivered to them by an angel.
  • When the shepherds heard the news, they quickly hurried to look for baby Jesus, whom the angels had told them would be lying in a manger.
  1. After some time had passed, three wise men, sometimes known as magi, were able to recognize the dazzling star in the sky that had appeared above the location where Jesus was born.
  2. The three wise men embarked on a journey from a faraway eastern kingdom in search of the new king.
  3. During the wise men’s journey, Herod the king of Judah met with them and instructed them to return and inform him of the location of the infant king so that he might go and adore him as well.
  4. The three wise men resumed their journey to Bethlehem, where they discovered Jesus exactly where the star indicated.

They bowed their heads in reverence and presented the Savior with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.It was then that they decided to take a different route back home, knowing that King Herod had no intention of worshiping Jesus, but rather of killing the infant instead.Celebrate the birth of Christ by printing off a FREE copy of Beautiful Christmas Bible Verses to read and share with your family and friends this holiday season.Christmas is a time when we commemorate the birth of Jesus and the arrival of our Savior into the world.

Continue reading below for the whole Scripture scriptures that relate to the stories of Jesus’ birth in the Bible books of Luke and Matthew: Part of our wider Christmas and Advent resource library, this essay is focussed on the events leading up to Jesus’ birth and is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.It is our goal that these articles will assist you in understanding the significance and historical background of major Christian festivals and events, and that they will also encourage you as you take time to think on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!What really is Christmas?Understanding the origins, history, and traditions of a culture The Origins and Traditions of Christmas Eve When Was Jesus’ Birth Announced?The history of the 25th of December What is Advent: What it is and what it means in the context of Christmas tradition Bible Verses for Christmas and a Biblical Story Image courtesy of istock

The Birth of Jesus: Myths and Misperceptions

The Nativity Scene is a Christmas decoration that is displayed in churches, homes, and even businesses every year, depicting the familiar picture that most people have in mind when thinking about the birth of Jesus Christ.It is common for a Christ-child image to take center stage, lying in a manger with spread arms as His loving mother Mary (with Joseph standing either nearby or behind her) kneels and gazes adoringly down at Him.Those who surround the family will be the three wise men, who will be dressed in rich kingly robes and bowing in reverence.And, of course, a nativity scene would be incomplete without the presence of shepherds, sheep, cows, and donkeys in close proximity to the action.

If you’ve read this column in the past, you’re probably aware that we frequently criticize orthodox Christianity for depicting Jesus and His teachings in an erroneous manner.No, we aren’t being fussy; rather, we think that when it comes to Jesus and the Bible, the truth is what counts most.After all, according to the Bible, Jesus was the Son of God, who was actually God manifested in the flesh.What if any teaching about Him is given with attention and faithfulness to the scriptural text?Doesn’t that make sense?

  • Unfortunately, many of the pictures of Jesus’ birth that we have in our imaginations are based on myths that have no basis in the biblical narrative.
  • In spite of the fact that His birth is recognized by Christianity as one of its two most holy and sacred festivals, it is remarkable that only two of the Gospel writers opted to write at all about the occasion.
  • Luke devotes the greatest time and attention to it, although Matthew merely mentions it briefly.
  • Mark and John make no mention of it at all, concentrating their Gospels nearly exclusively to Jesus’ adult life, career, and death, rather than the existence of the child Jesus.
  • The later New Testament writers, such as Paul, Peter, James, and Jude, make no mention of Jesus’ birth date at all, and this is a significant oversight.
  • Is this to imply that Jesus’ birth was inconsequential?
  • In no way, shape, or form!
  • In reality, the Gospel authors placed very little attention on it, which means we have very little information about what happened on that day.
  1. Examine a few of popular misunderstandings and misperceptions about the birth of Jesus before posing the most crucial question of all: Why was Jesus born?

Jesus was born on Dec. 25

On December 25, millions of people all around the world commemorate the birth of Jesus (those in the Orthodox tradition celebrate it about two weeks later on Jan.7, which is Dec.25 on the old Julian calendar).Does anyone, however, have any reason to think that Jesus was born in the middle of winter?

The stories in Matthew and Luke make no indication of the day or season in which Jesus was crucified.A good rule of thumb to follow when the Bible is significantly silent on a certain point is to explore whether there could be an underlying explanation for the silence.Is it conceivable that God kept that detail vague because He didn’t intend for Jesus’ birth to be observed as a holiday in the first place?The Bible’s omission of any exact season or date for Jesus’ birth is important, but so are the hints in the Gospel narratives that indicate that Jesus’ birth did not take place during the winter months, which is equally significant.Consider, first and foremost, the motive for Joseph and Mary’s journey to Jerusalem.

  • ″And it came to be in those days that an edict from Caesar Augustus was issued, requiring that everyone on the face of the earth be registered,″ Luke writes.
  • As well, Joseph traveled from Galilee, out of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is known as Bethlehem…
  • to be registered with Mary, his engaged wife, who was expecting a child.″ (And it came to happen during those days that an edict from Caesar Augustus was issued requiring that everyone on the planet be registered.
  • 4 The same day, Joseph traveled from Galilee, away from the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is known as Bethlehem because he was descended from the family and lineage of David, 5 in order to register with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was expecting a child.
  • The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″2:2, 4-5; Luke 2:1, 4-5).
  • It seems unlikely that Roman authorities would have asked individuals to go and register for a census during the generally wet and chilly winter months of the year (11), given the weather conditions.
  • For all intents and purposes, winter is finished, and the rain has come and gone.
  • The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″The Song of Solomon 2:11 and 9 After three days, every man from Judah and Benjamin had come in Jerusalem to worship.
  1. Everyone gathered in the open square of God’s house that day, on the twentieth day of the ninth month, frightened as a result of this matter and the torrential rain that had fallen earlier that day.
  2. 13 The problem is that there are a lot of people and that it is raining heavily, and we are unable to stand outdoors in it.
  3. This isn’t something that can be completed in one or two days, though, because there are many of us who have broken the law in this area.
  4. The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″10:9, 13; Ezra 10:9, 13).

More than likely, they would have done the census during a time of year when traveling would be more convenient.Another important detail provided by Luke indicates that this did not take place during the winter months: ″Now there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night in the same nation″ (8 Now there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night in the same country).The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″(See Luke 2:8).The decision to observe December 25 as the day of Jesus’ birth was not influenced by any scriptural indications or allusions, as some have suggested.

The fact that shepherds often housed their sheep at night during the cold, wet months (approximately November to March) is noted by several Bible interpreters.For example, according to the notes of A.T.Robertson’s well-known A Harmony of the Gospels, ″the most obvious proof is that December 25 is not the appropriate date, because the shepherds would be unlikely to be in the fields at night with the flocks, which were usually taken into the folds in November and kept there until March.″ The most obvious proof is that the date is not December 25, because the flocks were usually taken into their folds in November and kept there until March.Even as far south as Bethlehem, the nights of December would be too cold to sit in the mountain pastures and watch the sunset.Furthermore, the long trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem would be difficult for Joseph and Mary to complete during the winter, which is the rainy season″ (p.

  1. 267).
  2. The decision to observe December 25 as the day of Jesus’ birth was not influenced by any scriptural indications or allusions, as some have suggested.
  3. History suggests that it was chosen hundreds of years after Jesus’ birth in order to coincide with the winter solstice, rather than the traditional date of December 25.
  4. When it comes to ancient sun-worshipping faiths, the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) in the northern hemisphere (the shortest day of the year) is particularly significant since it marks the beginning of the sun’s rebirth.
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More information regarding the flaws in this line of thinking may be found in our article ″Christmas on Trial.″

Three wise men visited the newborn Jesus

  • Almost every nativity scene has three kings, also known as wise men, paying a visit to the family on the night of Jesus’ conception. However, a thorough reading of Matthew’s narrative (which is the only place these persons are named) reveals that this contemporary concept is incorrect on multiple counts. In the first instance, Matthew puts their arrival after Jesus’ birth: ″Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,″ Matthew writes, ″behold, wise men from the East arrived in Jerusalem.″ (Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, proclaiming the birth of the Messiah. The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″>Matthew 2:1 (italics in original). It’s important to note how some facts from the rest of the tale suggest that this incident took place weeks, months or perhaps as much as two years after the night Jesus was born: After arriving in Jerusalem, the wise men said that Jesus’ birth had already taken place (2 stating, ″Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?″) and that they were looking for Him. It is for this reason that we have come to worship Him after having seen His star in the East.″ The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″2:2)
  • >Matthew 2:3)
  • Matthew refers to Jesus as ″the little child″ three times in his recounting of his life. Payment is the Greek term used to designate a kid who has reached the age of nursing maturity. If he had used nepios, which more clearly depicts a newborn baby (translated ″nursing babies″ in 16 and asked Him, ″Do You hear what these are saying?″ he would have had a different response from Him. ″Yes,″ Jesus responded to their question. ″You have perfected praise,″ says the Bible, ″and it comes from the lips of babies and nursing infants.″ Have you ever heard this phrase before? ″ The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version ″(Matthew 21:16
  • cf.
  • The three wise men pay a visit to Mary and the ″young child″ at ″the home,″ according to Matthew. Worst of all, the cruel King Herod ″put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from the age of two years and under, according to the period which he had ascertained from the wise men″ (16) in Bethlehem and in all its districts. He was extremely furious when he realized that he had been deceived by the wise men. He dispatched an army and executed all of the male children who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding districts who were two years old or younger, in accordance with the time that he had determined from the wise men, according to their estimates. The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson as the New King James Version (NKJV) ″The Bible says (Matthew 2:16).

The prevalent myths and misconceptions surrounding Jesus’ birth are all important components of the imagery associated with the holiday season.Unfortunately, a celebration that purports to commemorate the birth of the Messiah has served as the principal propagator of misconceptions that have caused many to be perplexed regarding His birth.Second, take note that the text makes no mention of the particular number of wise men who paid a visit to Christ.In it, it simply states that ″wise men from the East arrived to Jerusalem.″ Some believe there were three since they brought three gifts: ″gold, frankincense, and myrrh″ (11), which some believe to be the case.

When they entered the house, they were amazed to see the little Child with Mary, His mother, and they immediately dropped on their knees and worshiped Him.And when they had finished opening their riches, they offered presents to Him, including gold, frankincense, and myrrh, among other things.Matthew 2:11 New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson″>The Holy Bible, New King James Version″>Matthew 2:11).These were presents that were frequently given to kings, but they do not indicate the number of wise men that were there.It’s not even clear who these folks were or where they came from in the first place.

  • They were not rulers, as some have claimed, but rather knowledgeable men who had a working grasp of the Hebrew Scriptures and Judaism, according to the evidence.

Cut through the fallacies

And what exactly is the point, you could wonder?When it comes to the Bible, these examples demonstrate a typical difficulty.The fact that people make assumptions about the Bible, whether they are major issues (such as substituting a sun god’s birthday for Jesus’) or minor (such as the possibility that there were no three wise men) illustrates how people carelessly assume things about the Bible that, in reality, are not true.The prevalent myths and misconceptions surrounding Jesus’ birth are all important components of the imagery associated with the holiday season.

Unfortunately, a celebration that purports to commemorate the birth of the Messiah has served as the principal propagator of misconceptions that have caused many to be perplexed regarding His birth.However, this is only one aspect of the issue associated with Christmas.The flip side of the coin is that many aspects of this festival, including its date, symbolism, and rituals, have their origins in ancient pagan celebrations, which is a point of contention.This celebration of myths should be replaced with research and adherence to what is written in the Bible if we are to understand the truth about Jesus’ birth—and, more significantly, about His life.a little about the author

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Located in McKinney, Texas, Erik Jones works as a full-time writer and editor for the Life, Hope, and Truth ministry.More information can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/news/business/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/ Read on for more information.

8 Interesting Facts about the Birth of Jesus

The tale of Jesus’ birth is one that many of us have probably heard before.We’ve either had our children participate in Christmas pageants at church (as angels, donkeys, or lambs), or we’ve made our own nativity scenes out of clay or porcelain that we can name our own.In the meantime, as is often the case with Scripture, you could learn something new with each reading.Allow me to share some intriguing facts about Jesus’ birth with you that you may not have previously known.

What Is the Story of the Birth of Jesus?

The stories of Jesus’ birth may be found in the books of Matthew and Luke.With the help of the Holy Spirit, Mary, a young virgin, learns that she will give birth to Jesus Christ, who will be the Messiah of the world.She and her husband, Joseph, travel to Bethlehem in order to register for the census conducted by the Roman Emperor.When they arrive, they see that the city is completely filled.

They are offered a spot to stay the night in a cave by a frazzled innkeeper because they do not have a room at the inn.Mary gives birth to Jesus in the location.Local shepherds, who had already received the joyous news from the angels, were present to witness this lowly birth.A few years later, three wise men from the East visit with presents for the kid to celebrate his birthday.Through his death and resurrection, this infant would three decades later save the entire world from destruction.

  • These particulars of the narrative are most likely already familiar to you.
  • Here are some interesting facts regarding the birth of Jesus that you may not have known before.
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  • Interesting facts regarding the birth of Jesus include the following:

3. Jesus’ Birth Came after 400 Years of Silence from God

Interested in learning about God’s activities following his prophetic ministry in the Old Testament?We’d agree with you!God is deafeningly quiet for 400 years, right up until the birth of Jesus.There are a lot of nations that overrun Israel throughout this 400-year span.

The people of Israel successfully fight against some of the Romans (for example, the Maccabean insurrection), but by the time Jesus appears, the Romans had already invaded Israel.The Israelites desired a Savior in the same way they did throughout their 400-year exile in Egypt.It’s no surprise that they cried out for Jesus to overthrow Rome, just as the Red Sea had overthrown the Egyptians.

4. Joseph Could Have Had Mary Killed for Adultery

In Christian communities today, if a spouse commits adultery, the pair will almost certainly divorce.However, according to Old Testament traditions (Leviticus 20:10), if someone commits adultery, they might be put to death as a result of it.Following the discovery of the pregnancy, Joseph chooses to pursue a discreet divorce with Mary rather than sentence her to death as he had planned.Fortunately, an angel appears to him and reveals the truth about Jesus’ actual nature.

As we’ve seen in the preceding sections, Joseph is determined to marry Mary, no matter how much it would harm his reputation as a result of their union.

5. Jesus Was Probably Not Born in December

″So, why do we celebrate Christmas in December?″ you might wonder.Emperor Constantine, who reigned during the fourth century, can be credited with this achievement.Many Christians choose to celebrate holidays at the same time as pagan festivities in order to provide a more healthy alternative.In this particular instance, Christmas fell on the day of the winter solstice.

In spite of the fact that Christmas has been celebrated on December 25 for approximately 1700 years, Jesus was not truly born on that day.In reality, he was not even born during the winter season!In the year 336 AD, Emperor Constantine decreed that Christmas would be celebrated on the 25th of December, which is the winter solstice.The statement in Luke 2 of shepherds resting in their fields, on the other hand, suggests that Jesus was born in the spring.Sheep gave birth to lambs throughout the springtime, which is why they would remain outside at night in case a night delivery occurred.

  • However, we cannot be certain of the precise date of Jesus’ birth because shepherds were known to remain in their pastures throughout the year.
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  • More than 1,200 of her writings have been published in a variety of periodicals, ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids and everything in between.
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What was the name of the angel who announced Jesus birth?

This celebration commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Lord Jesus Christ.The Annunciation (from Latin annuntiatio), also known as the Annunciation to Our Lady, or the Annunciation of Our Lady, is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Lord…

Who did the angels announce the birth of Jesus to?

The annunciation to the shepherds is a scene from the Nativity of Jesus that is portrayed in the Bible in Luke 2, in which angels announce the birth of Jesus to a group of shepherds who had gathered to listen.

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What is Jesus Angel name?

After then, the Word became flesh and became known as Jesus. Those who hold to this belief think that the name ″Michael″ means ″One Who Is Like God,″ as well as that he was the ″Archangel″ or ″chief or head of angels,″ and that he led the angels, and that the passage in Revelation 12:7–9 identifies Jesus as Michael.

Who told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus?

Shepherds were out tending to their flocks in the middle of the night. It was then that they were visited by an angel, who urged them not to be terrified because he was bringing good news: ″On this very day in the town of David, your saviour was born – Christ the Lord!″ They would discover the baby, who would be wrapped in cloth and sleeping in a manger.

Which angel came to Joseph?

During the time of Jesus’ birth, a young lady named Mary was engaged to Joseph, a descendant of King David, who lived in Nazareth, a city in the northern area of Galilee. Several months before their wedding, an angel called Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her, ″Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have won favor with God.″

Who visited Jesus when he was born?

The biblical Magi (/meda/ or /mda/; singular: magus), sometimes known as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, and also known as the Three Magi, were renowned foreigners who appeared in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition as three kings who came to see Jesus.They are reported to have paid a visit to Jesus shortly after his birth, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh with them as well.

Who was the strongest angel?

Metatron is regarded as one of the highest of the angels in Merkavah and Kabbalist mysticism, and he is frequently depicted as a scribe in both traditions. He is referenced just briefly in the Talmud, but he is a key figure in the Merkavah mystical literature. Michael, who serves as a fighter and an advocate for Israel, is particularly well-liked by his peers and supporters.

Who is God’s first angel?

Individual angels are first mentioned by name in the Bible, with Daniel 9:21 referring to Gabriel (God’s chief messenger) and Daniel 10:13 referring to Michael (God’s holy fighter). These angels appear in Daniel’s apocalyptic visions and are a significant aspect of all apocalyptic literature, particularly in the Old Testament.

Do Jehovah Witnesses believe Jesus was an angel?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God Following Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Archangel Michael, ″the Word″ in John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 all relate to Jesus in his pre-human life, and that he resumed these identities after ascending to heaven.

Were there shepherds at Jesus birth?

Although only the Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi, or wise men, who followed a star, Matthew does not specify that there were three of them, indicating that they arrived a long time after the birth of Jesus. Only the Gospel of Luke makes reference to a manger, shepherds, and an angelic chorus. There is no mention of Mary riding into Bethlehem on a donkey in either version of the story.

What did Angel Gabriel say to Joseph?

Gabriel, God’s messenger, was dispatched to a little village in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, who was from the family of David; the virgin’s name was Mary, and the man’s name was Joseph. And when he approached her, he said, ″Hail, full of grace! ″The Lord is with you,″ says the prophet.

What was the name of the angel?

Angels in theology are listed below.

Name Religion Type
Gabriel Christianity, Islam, Judaism, LDS Churches, Yazdânism Archangel, one of the Cherubim
Gadreel Christianity, Judaism Watcher
Hadraniel Gnosticism, Judaism
Hahasiah Christianity, Judaism Principality

Where in the Bible did an angel appeared to Joseph?

At one point in the past, Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and contemplated abandoning her. In this stanza, he has a dream in which an angel appears to him and comforts him. …

Matthew 1:20
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Who was the Roman emperor at the time of Jesus’s birth?

As a result, the Roman Empire was established in 27 BCE, with Octavian, also known as Caesar Augustus, as its first emperor.Augustus was a smart ruler in his day.He fortified the empire’s frontiers and constructed highways to connect the various provinces.In a similar vein, the question is raised as to who was the ruler of Rome at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Wikipedia states that Tiberius was the Roman emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD.His Latin name was Tiberius Caesar Dv Augustus Flius Augustus and he reigned from 16 November 42 BC to 16 March 37 AD.Tiberius Claudius Nero was the son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla.He was born in the Claudian city of Tiberius Claudius Nero.Which Roman ruler was ultimately responsible for the death of Jesus?

  • Pontius Pilate was a Roman governor.
  • Roman prefect (governor) of Judaea from 26 to 36 CE under the reign of Tiberius, Pontius Pilate (Latin: Marcus Pontius Pilatus) presided over the trial of Jesus and delivered the order for his death.
  • Pilate died after the year 36 CE.
  • Who was the ruler of Rome at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion?
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus.
  • Pontius Pilate, as governor of Judaea, was confronted with a clash of interests between the Roman Empire and the Sanhedrin, the Jewish religious council.
  • When Pontius inquired as to whether Jesus was the King of the Jews, he asserted that Jesus had accepted the title, which he never had done.

Was There a Midwife at the Manger? Here’s What the History of Childbirth Says About the First Christmas

A picture of Jesus’ birth in a manger — replete with Mary and Joseph bending over the newborn, the three wise men and an angel gazing on; and the animals looking on — will be seen everywhere as the Christmas season approaches.However, further investigation revealed that there was most likely another person there in the background.A midwife is a woman who cares for other people.Neither Luke nor Matthew offer much information regarding Jesus’ actual birth; Luke only states that Mary gave birth to him, while Matthew provides even less information.

Religious scholars, on the other hand, commonly refer to a document known as the Protoevangelium of James, which was deleted from the canonical New Testament.This ancient translation provides far more detail regarding Mary’s delivery, including the presence of two midwives, one of whom plays a crucial role in attesting to Mary’s virginity, than the modern version.Despite the fact that the gospel of Matthew is apocryphal, specialists in the field believe that Mary would have had assistance throughout her pregnancy, and midwives were shown in medieval Nativity plays and religious art.Other scholars refer to earlier portions of the Bible, such as Exodus, in which midwives are mentioned as being a vital component of the health-care system and the culture of the Hebrew people.They believe it is improbable that a young lady who had not previously given birth would have found herself alone throughout her delivery.

  • Labor would have taken between 12 and 36 hours for a first-time mother, and it was a potentially perilous venture.
  • A large number of women died.
  • If there had been enough time, Joseph would almost certainly have asked for a midwife, and a midwife would almost certainly have come, despite the fact that the couple was strangers in Bethlehem and might not have been able to pay.
  • After all, midwives have long been by the bedside of women in childbirth, regardless of their socioeconomic status, dating back to the earliest recorded records and even earlier artist’s depictions.
  • More recently, midwives aided Queen Elizabeth II throughout her pregnancy at the comfortable Buckingham Palace; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was also assisted by midwives.
  • In the United States, most presidents would have been born with the help of midwives up to the turn of the twentieth century.
  • However, there is evidence to suggest that the midwife has played an essential societal function from ancient times as well.
  • It is difficult to trace the history of midwifery through written sources since women’s concerns were not thought to be of historical relevance.
  1. Women themselves were frequently unable to read or write, making it impossible for them to recount their own tale.
  2. Early references to midwives may be found in the Old Testament, when midwives in Egypt were ordered to murder all of the baby males born to them.
  3. Socrates’ mother worked as a midwife, and he was inspired to write about midwifery practices at the time.
  4. Midwives are depicted in ancient art holding patients up as they walk through contractions, assisting them in pushing, and tugging on their hands to provide them with power — all of which I, as a midwife, have done in recent years for patients.

Aside from providing a glimpse inside ancient birthing chambers, carved Roman frescoes also serve as a time capsule.

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  • We’ve sent you a confirmation email to the address you provided as a precautionary measure. To confirm your subscription and begin getting our newsletters, please click on the link provided. You should receive a confirmation email within 10 minutes. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder. A local lady who was called upon to assist with delivery would have been found in every community throughout the European Middle Ages. Typically, she was mature, had children of her own, and possessed wisdom and calmness. Herbal cures and home remedies were used to treat the ill on occasion, as well. She was present at both the birth and the deathbed of her child. From the 14th through the 17th centuries, the perception of women healers in Europe deteriorated dramatically. They were well-versed in female anatomy and physiology, herbal remedies, and the birthing process — all of which were topics from which males were traditionally banned. Is it possible that the image of the midwife got connected with witches because they had risen to such prominence in their own communities? Then, in the seventeenth century, the public perception of midwives began to shift once more. Midwives can be licensed in Germany, England, the Netherlands, and France after completing a two- to four-year training program with another practitioner in those countries. And because many of them could read and write, they were able to read and study whatever scientific material was available at the time, which was little. Midwifery was re-invented in North America throughout the 1700s and 1800s, when the population was growing. There were no schools or licenses available this time around. Of course, indigenous people had their own customs and traditions when it came to delivery. Throughout Europe, immigrant midwives passed on their knowledge and abilities from one woman to another. Women from Africa who had been carried as slaves over the Atlantic brought wisdom from their own cultures to the United States and attended the births of both black and white children in the South. In contrast to midwifery laws in Europe, which are national in scope, midwifery regulations in the United States are either regional or non-existent. Because there were so few qualified physicians ready to care to poor women, midwives in most states were left to conduct their profession without intervention or support from the government. They were not in a position of authority
  • they earned a modest income
  • and they did not consider themselves to be experts in their fields. By the 1920s, 70 percent of newborns were still being delivered at home, according to statistics. At around the same time, a new medicine for labor was created
  • it promised women a ″painless″ birth, but it could only be administered in hospitals at the time of birth. It was the beginning of a trend away from midwives. Some women considered that giving birth at home was a relic of the past, and doctors advised them to give birth in hospitals rather than homes. It’s true that this change was in some ways part of a growing women’s movement that demanded the right to vote in order for women to have more control over their own lives — but the truth is that Twilight Sleep was an amnesiac
  • it didn’t actually make childbirth painless, it simply made women forget what they’d been through. However, around the same time period, Mary Breckinridge, a British-trained nurse-midwife, was instrumental in bringing modern midwifery to the United States in 1925. She is the granddaughter of a former Vice President of the United States, and she founded The Frontier Midwifery School in Hyden, Kentucky. Her pupils were nurses who had had formal training. They were frequently from the upper classes, and they served the lowest of the poor, often without pay. Who could possibly disagree with that? Women who could afford to give birth in hospitals, on the other hand, began looking for services that were similar. They desired to have a greater voice in the events that occurred to them. They want that the fathers of their children be there at the birth. Since then, midwifery has slowly but steadily made its way back into the mainstream in the United States. In the United States, there are around 12,000 nurse midwives who are currently in practice. It should come as no surprise that there are around 27 million midwives in the world. Midwives have been providing care for thousands of years. Even though we frequently fail to include them when we relate the story of how prominent individuals came into the world, they were unavoidably present. They were, and they are, still there. Women nowadays can find midwives in any town who will assist them in their labor choices, whether they want to give birth in a hospital, a birth center, their homes, or, who knows, maybe even in a stable.as long as it’s clean and warm. A midwife for nearly thirty years, Patricia Harman worked first as a lay midwife in West Virginia, where she delivered infants in cabins and on communal farms, then as a nurse-midwife at a community hospital birthing center. She is a member of the American College of Midwives. She is the author of the Hope River Midwife series of novels, which has been published in several languages. The most current book in the series, Once a Midwife, is now available through William Morrow Publishing. More TIME Magazine’s Must-Read Stories Introducing TIME’s Women of the Year 2022
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