we are approaching December 25. This is excerpt 1 from a page about Jesus I am working with and will publish after Easter 2019.
The word stargazers is found in many parts of the Bible. So the arrival of a man like Jesus must have been announced with astral signs too.
“Matthew 2:1-2 told about the wise men who were startgazers, in his story of Jesus birth.
1 After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, suddenly some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east 2 asking, ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”
The birth of Jesus.
Noone knows however thje exact date when Jesus was born. The Gospel or secular texts gives an approximate date of birth to be between between 6 BC and 4 BC
Most scholars assume a date of birth between 6 BC and 4 BC based on the known death of Herod 4 bC and the date of the comet mentioneed above.
Why December 25
according to Luke Jesus was born when :
8 In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.” ( Luke 2:7-8 ).
As can be read in www.ucg.org December 25 is a unlikely date for Jesus birthbecause of the cold climate in Israel in December. More probable is that December may have been the date of jesus conception and the birth of Jesus in September as the “were shepherds out in the fields” at the birth of Jesus.
The date December 25 was set by the Catholic church in the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar signed 1582 “resulted from a perceived need to reform the method of calculating dates of Easter.” (Source: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov )
There are two reason for the choice of December 25
- .”December 25 may have been selected due to its proximity to the winter solstice, because of its theological significance. After the solstice, the days begin to lengthen with more sunlight, which Christians see as representing the Light of Christ entering the world.”
- (Source: www.catholic.com )
- “25 December might be a reference to the date of the Feast of the Dedication, which occurs on the 25 Kislev of the Jewish calendar. This would require that early Christians simply translated Kislev directly to December.” (May be a speculation in en.wikipedia.org as no source is given there )