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When was Jesus Born?

December 20, 2016 | by: Sam Storms| 4 Comments

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Clay

Dec 24, 2016

Although the Gospel writers did not focus primarily on preserving a precise chronological history of Jesus’ life and ministry, we can still approximate some key dates by comparing historical markers with passages of Scripture.

I just put together a brief article that goes over the case for dating Jesus' birth at about 5 BC. Check it out if you're interested: http://reasonabletheology.org/year-jesus-actually-born/

Scott Gassoway

Dec 21, 2016

Steven, thank you for the link. Good article.

Sam, how do we know the shepherds came to a stable? Is that another part of our Christmas mythology?

Steven James Weibley

Dec 21, 2016

May I recommend this work of scholarship as a better answer for the December 25th date? As well, that it likely had little to do with Saturnalia. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/

Joey Espinosa

Dec 21, 2016

"those sheep deemed worthy to be used during the Passover as sacrificial offerings were in the fields at least 30 days before the feast in February. "

Are you making the case that Passover was in February? I can't think of a time when that was true.

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