Was Jesus actually born in September?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The time of year that Jesus was born is a matter of some debate, but the exact timing of Jesus' birth is nothing to be dogmatic about, given the Bible's lack of detail on the subject. Of course, th...

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Mini Marvin Reynolds Retired Chaplain U.S. Army Hospital
The birth day or TIME he was born must have been in the Summer days as the Shepard keepers were in the field as the DID NOT stay out in the field in the winter. The birth of Jesus was noted to a Shepard in the middle of the night by Angels, making the time known to him, not us. Only the FACT is confessed to us. 

The writers of the bible DID NOT point out the exact time or day. Your can note that God has prevented by definition the EXACT days of many items that we accept the fact, but do not know the day or hour. Birth is just one.

November 25 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini John Appelt
The traditional date for the birth of Jesus is not likely December 25. The idea that it was a Christianized adaptation of a pagan holiday is not likely either. But there was another event that happened on December 25th.

It is likely that Jesus was born in September, specifically on the 29th day for the following reasons:

Luke 1:5 mentions that Zechariah was a priest of the course of Abijah which was the eighth of 24 groups, I Chronicles 24:10. The groups served one week twice a year. During feast weeks, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, all the priests served together. Then the group rotation resumed. So, the week Zechariah served would have been the tenth week occurring in mid-June. After this, Elizabeth conceived a son, Luke 1:24 and secluded herself for five months, Luke 1:24.

A month later, Luke 1:36, Mary, who had just been told by the angel that she would have a child by the Holy Spirit, Luke 1:28-35, visited Elizabeth. After staying with Elizabeth for three months, Mary returned home, Luke 1:56. Afterwards, Elizabeth gave birth, Luke 1:57. This places John’s birth at about the time of Passover, which appropriately ties in with the belief that Elijah, who Jesus likened him to, Matthew 11:14, and who came in the spirit and power of Elijah, Luke 1:17, would come at Passover.

Six months after John’s birth, Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles. This appropriately ties in with John 1:14 that says Jesus “became flesh and dwelt (literally “tabernacled”) among us.”

A confirmation of this is that in England, Wales, and Ireland there are “Quarter Days” as follows: Lady Day, March 25; Midsummer Day, June 24; Michaelmas, September 29; and Christmas, December 25. These are days when rents are due, magistrates are elected, servants are hired, and school terms started. But from the earliest days the church had quoted them in connection with John the Baptist and Jesus. Various traditions differ on the significance of these dates, but they originally may have been these:

June 24 – Midsummer Day – conception of John
Dec 25 – Christmas Day – conception of Jesus
Mar 25 – Lady Day – birth of John
Sep 29 – Michaelmas Day – birth of Jesus

“Mas” in Michaelmas and Christmas, does not mean a ritual “mass” but “sent.” These holidays celebrate when important beings were sent on important missions. Michael-mas was named for Michael the angel (although not named), heading the angels visiting the shepherds on the night Jesus was born, Luke 2:8-13. Nine months earlier, Christ-mas was when Christ was sent. If this is so, December 25 is when He was miraculously conceived, when God came to be with us, Matthew 1:23. 

A possible timeline:

May31 – June 7, 4 BC – week Zechariah served
Jun 24, 4 BC – Conception of John
Dec 25, 4 BC – Conception of Jesus
Mar 25, 3 BC – Birth of John
Mar 30 – Apr 6, 3 BC – Passover week
Sep 24 – Oct 1, 3 BC– Tabernacles week
Sep 29, 3 BC – Birth of Jesus

December 14 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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