Was Jesus born on the 25th of December?

I personally believe that Jesus Christ was not born on christmas day ? However it is known from Historians that Jesus was born either April-June.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    There are two main theories. In A.D. 274, the Roman Emperor Aurelian inaugurated Dec. 25 as the pagan "Birth of the Unconquered Sun" celebration, at the calendar point when daylight began to lengthen. Supposedly, Christians then borrowed the date and devised Christmas to compete with paganism.

    Aurelian's empire seemed near collapse, so his festival proclaimed imperial and pagan rejuvenation. Prior to 274 there's no record of a major sun cult at the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice (the year's shortest day, which actually occurs before Dec. 25).

    The problem with this theory is that Aurelian almost certainly created a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians, the Christians later appropriated Aurelian's festival into their Christmas. But Dec. 25 "appears to owe nothing whatsoever to pagan influences," The pagans-first theory originated only three centuries ago in the writings of Protestant historian Paul Ernst Jablonski and Catholic monk Jean Hardouin.

    The first hard evidence of Christmas occurring on Dec. 25 isn't found until A.D. 336 and the date only became a fixed festival in Constantinople in 379.

    However, there is an important reference in the "Chronicle" written by Hippolytus of Rome three decades before Aurelian launched his festival. Hippolytus said Jesus' birth "took place eight days before the kalends of January," that is, Dec. 25.

    There's evidence that as early as the second and third centuries, Christians sought to fix the birth date to help determine the time of Jesus' death and resurrection for the liturgical calendar ---- long before Christmas also became a festival.

    The New Testament Gospels say the Crucifixion happened at the Jewish Passover season. The "integral age" concept, taught by ancient Judaism though not in the Bible, held that Israel's great prophets died the same day as their birth or conception.

    Quite early on, Tighe said, Christians applied this idea to Jesus and set the Passover period's March 25 for the Feast of the Annunciation, marking the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she would give birth. Add nine months to the conception date and we get Dec. 25.

    Inside the Vatican magazine also supported Dec. 25, citing a report from St. John Chrysostom (patriarch of Constantinople who died in A.D. 407) that Christians had marked Dec. 25 from the early days of the church.

    Chrysostom had a further argument that modern scholars ignore:

    Luke 1 says Zechariah was performing priestly duty in the Temple when an angel told his wife Elizabeth she would bear John the Baptist. During the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, Mary learned about her conception of Jesus and visited Elizabeth "with haste."

    The 24 classes of Jewish priests served one week in the Temple, and Zechariah was in the eighth class. Rabbinical tradition fixed the class on duty when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and, calculating backward from that, Zechariah's class would have been serving Oct. 2-9 in 5 B.C. So Mary's conception visit six months later might have occurred the following March and Jesus' birth nine months afterward.

    Though it is not a matter of faith, there is no good reason not to accept the tradition of March 25 conception and Dec. 25 birth.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    First of all, the calendars are not the same. We are now over 2000 years out of sync with the one used at that time and this year the actual anniversary could well be 25th December. Nobody knows. Easter is usually around April time which, under your own calculations, comes exactly 5 months after December.

  • none
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Not necessarily, He could have been born around this date, although I don't believe it was the 25th of Dec.

    Anyways, opponents would say; Shepherds being around at that time of year in the region is unlikely. This is wrong. The Shepherds were tending the sheep for the temple. In other words these were temple sheep specifically for temple sacrifice. They had to be close by and since Bethlehem is just outside of Jerusalem it makes sense. The temple needed a continual source of sheep.

    There are other items of thought that can lean more to a December birth but in the long run it seems to be of little importance.

    All that matters is that Jesus was born. And that is a historical fact.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The most reliable sources say Jesus was born during the last week of September, perhaps almost in October if not. He was born six months after John the Baptist, who's birth date He later died on.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. Dec 25th was actually the date of a Roman pagan religious holiday celebration of the Sun.

    It was arbitrarily reassigned. I believe the Roman ruler Constantine had a lot to do with this around the year 336, if you study some history.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Nobody knows. That date was chosen by the early Church because it coincided with a pagan solstice festival. Some people think that Jesus was born in the spring, others in the fall, and still others consider the whole tale to be fiction. (And there is no good evidence to suppose that it isn't.)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Christmas was origianally a Roman pagan holiday. Romans observed Juvenalia, a feast honoring the children of Rome. In addition, members of the upper classes often celebrated the birthday of Mithra, the god of the unconquerable sun, on December 25. Mithra was an infant god.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It really depends on your beliefs, obviously there was a Jesus and this Jesus was said to be born on 25th December but actual historians are opposed to that. I'm Christian so i believe he was born on christmas but it's really science against religion. It would be hard to find real evidence but yes i do think he was born on december 25th

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Actually, He was born in the Fall. Jewish Feasts gives us some clues, & so does the story of His birth, along with the writings of John.

    The Feast is known as the Feast of Booths, or Sukkot.

    Tishri 15, 3758 which translates to October 4, BCE on the Gregorian calendar is the date of His birth. Almost every major aspect of His life ties in with the Jewish Feasts.

  • 1 decade ago

    no, Jesus was not born in Dec. 25th. Dec. 25th is winter solstice. Pagans had a major party on that day. The Holy Roman Empire could stop the people from celebrating the winter solstice so they make it religious holiday.

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