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Nominal Me

I'm falling in love with my camera and taking photos everywhere I go. That, combined with my passions for politics, sports, religion and other things we all agree on, makes this blog persist.

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Location: Astoria, New York, United States

I'm born in Manhattan and raised in Queens.

Friday, December 24, 2004

When Was Jesus Born?

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Many Christians already know that December 25th became Christmas to replace an existing pagan holiday, and that early Christians did not celebrate any form of the holiday.

Was it December 25th, although probably 6-4 BC? ("BC" would be somewhat of an oxymoron in this context.)

Was it September 29th?

There's another argument that says Jesus was born on September 11th, but I don't like that one, for obvious reasons.

My favorite argument, an astronomical one, says that Jesus was born on March 1.

Here's another argument for September.

Maybe is was sometime in September or October?

The reality is, we have very little knowledge of the early church post-Bible and pre-Catholic/Orthodox church.

While entertaining, the question is really moot. The "when" is not relevant, the real question is "why". Why was Jesus born? Come to grips with that, and all the other details fail to matter.

December 25th is as good a day as any to celebrate the birth of Christ. If you really want to know more about him, read his biography.

Merry Christmas!

Next week, maybe I'll have a post about January 1st not really being New Years.

Other posts about Religion, Science, and Philosophy.


Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Nominal. Keep up the good work.

Friday, 24 December, 2004  
Blogger Susan L. Prince said...

Thanks for the interesting post on when Jesus is said to have been born and the different theories of different dates.

We may never know the exact date, but that is not as important as knowing that He in fact was born. To know the reason for His birth is even a greater blessing!

Saturday, 25 December, 2004  

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