When was Jesus Born?

The Bible itself informs us that December 25th is an unlikely date for His birth.

LUKE 2:8-11 (NIV)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Palestine is extremely cold in December. Shepherds were in the fields from March to October and not during winter. Jesus lived for 33.5 years and died at Easter time during the feast of the Passover.  He has to have been born 6 months the other side of Easter. His birth is more likely to have taken place between September and October.


So then, who chose to commemorate the birth of Jesus on December 25th? It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the church formally declared this particular date as the birth of Christ. Some scholars believe the church picked the date of this pagan event to entice them into Christianity.

This was not based on any kind of spiritual proof yet on a pagan banquet. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25th was utilised as a celebration of the birthday celebration of the sun god. It was observed near the winter month’s solstice. 


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