"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

GS Question of the Week

Was Jesus Christ really born on December 25th?


Rouxbdoo said...

According to "The Church of the Great God they have calculated it as such... Zacharias of the course of Abijah worked the ninth week in his assigned course and the tenth week in the Pentecost course, and this period ran from Iyar 27 through Sivan 12 (Hebrew calendar) or June 3 through 17 (Julian calendar). He probably returned home immediately after his shifts were completed, and Elizabeth most likely conceived in the following two-week period, June 18 through July 1, 5 BC. With this information we can calculate Elizabeth's sixth month as December, during which Mary also conceived (Luke 1:26-38). It is probable, because of the circumstances shown in Luke 1, that Mary conceived during the last two weeks of Elizabeth's sixth month. Thus, John was born in the spring of 4 BC, probably between March 18 and 31. By projecting forward another six months to Jesus' birth, the most probable time for His birth occurred between September 16 and 29. It is an interesting sidelight that Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets, is one of the two middle days of this time period.

Sue said...

I don't think so, but overall I really do not think it matters to the meaning behind the holiday if it is or isn't the exact date. Merry Christmas, and a Happy 2010 to you Andrea!

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