How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society

How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society “There are two theories today: one extremely popular, the other less often heard outside scholarly circles (though far more ancient). The most loudly touted theory about the origins of the Christmas date(s) is that it was borrowed from pagan celebrations. The Romans had their mid-winter Saturnalia festival in late December; barbarian peoples of northern and western Europe kept holidays at similar times. To top it off, in 274 C.E., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), on December 25. Christmas, the argument

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Dating the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth – Michal E. Hunt

Dating the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth – Michal E. Hunt Dating the year of Christ’s birth is as controversial as dating the day of His birth.  St. Luke provided several historical references that are helpful in determining Jesus’ birth year in his Gospel in Luke 1:5, 2:1-3 and 3:1-2.  St. Luke records: In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the territories of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, and while the high-priesthood was held by Annas and Caiaphas, the word of

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Refutation of Ernest Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” – Kurt Simmons

Refutation of Ernest Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” – Kurt Simmons Simmons’ Refutation of Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” Kurt Simmons, JD Dr. Ernest Martin is a world recognized authority concerning the date of Christ’s birth.  Beginning with publication of his 1976 article in Christianity Today, “The Celestial Pageantry Dating Christ’s Birth,” Martin has gained attention until he is now perhaps the leading authority in astronomical dating of Christ’s birth.  Over 600 planetariums world-wide have revised their Christmas programs to correspond with dating theories and data he has advanced.  His book, “The Star that Astonished the

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Objections to Christmas and the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ Answered – Kurt Simmons

Objections to Christmas and the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ Answered – Kurt Simmons In this article, we answer common objections to the celebration of Christmas and the Dec. 25th birth of Christ, including allegations it was Invented by the Catholic Church, Is of pagan origin, Takes its date from the Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, and solstice, The shepherds would not have been in the field in December, and that Jesus was probably born in September or some other month.   Objection: The Dec. 25th birth of Christ invented by the Catholic Church in the 4th century. Answer: There is no

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Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth? – Kurt Simmons

Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth? – Kurt Simmons In this article we look at attempts to identify the star seen by the Magi in the east, and show that the star led them, not to Bethlehem, but to Nazareth forty-odd days after Christ’s birth. Johannes Kepler Attempts to identify the “star of Bethlehem” have come and gone down through the ages.  Various phenomena and astrological occurrences have been proposed and served to corroborate the date of Christ’s birth. Among the earliest and longest standing attempts was that made by Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). Kepler was one of the great mathematical minds

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The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great – Kurt Simmons

The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great – Kurt Simmons Matthew Chapter Two The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great by Kurt Simmons, JD Having established Jesus’ genealogy and claim to the Davidic throne in the preceding chapter, Matthew provides the historical details of Christ’s birth, punctuating the narrative with accounts of prophetic fulfillment.   1 – Now when Jesus was born Matthew opens his discussion of Nativity with the arrival of the Magi. The Greek term here is gennhqentoj, “having been born,” perfect tense, showing completed action in the past. Thus, Jesus was

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John the Baptist Six Months Older than our Lord – Kurt Simmons

John the Baptist Six Months Older than our Lord – Kurt Simmons Knowing the age of John relative to Jesus, helps us to identify the time of the Savior’s birth.  Luke indicates that Elisabeth concealed her pregnancy five full months (Lk. 1:24).  Luke then reports it was during the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy that Gabriel appeared to Mary with word that she would conceive Christ (Lk. 1:26).  The phrase “in the sixth month” signifies that Elisabeth had completed five months and was fulfilling her sixth month when Gabriel brought tidings of Christ’s coming birth.  We are not told how

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“Unto You is Born this Day” – Kurt Simmons

“Unto You is Born this Day” The Biblical Case for the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ We often hear it said that Jesus was not “really” born December 25th; that this date is a mere fiction, surreptitiously appropriated by church authorities in an attempt to Christianize the pagan solstice, or festival sol invictus. However, such charges are relatively recent.  For most of church history, December 25th was received as the actual date of Christ’s birth, handed down from earliest times.  Questions regarding Christmas were first raised during the Reformation by Puritans and Scottish Presbyterians, who attempted to outlaw its celebration in

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YES! Evidence Indicates Jesus Really Was Born December 25th – Kurt Simmons

YES! Evidence Indicates Jesus Really Was Born December 25th – Kurt Simmons – Case at a Glance – Jesus turned 30 yr. after his baptism, but before Dec. 31st, A.D. 29: First, we observe that Jewish law and convention required men to be 30 yrs. old before making disciples and undertaking active, public teaching. Next, we notice Luke said Jesus was on the threshold of his 30th birthday when baptized in the 15th year of Tiberius before beginning his public ministry (Lk. 2:1, 23). The 15th year of Tiberius was the calendar years A.D. 29. Since Jesus was 29 going

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December 25th

There are four scenarios/theories I’ve seen about the birth of Christ which use the Bible (priestly course of Abijah) and history (early Church writings or signs in the heavens) which make compelling cases for the correct date of the birth of Jesus. All four have either December 25 (winter solstice) as the conception, birth or visit of the Magi on December 25. The Scriptures allude to this date as well in reference to the coming of Christ in Haggai 2:18-23.  It is interesting to note that Haggai means ‘my feast or festival.’ Hag 2:18  Consider now from this day and

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