2009.12 When Was Jesus Born? 

19th century painting of Herod the Great by James Tissot

Herod the Great
Ruler when Jesus was born

Article Summary:
The biggest annual celebration, both secular and religious, is Christmas—commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago. Was Jesus really born on December 25, 1 A.D.? What do we know about the day of His birth and the year of His birth?

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Tags: Christmas, eclipse, Dionysius, chronology, Josephus, Herod, Jesus birth, Caesar Augustus, Quirinius, Pope John I, year of birth, day of birth

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
December 2009

Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)

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