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2. A unpleasant start for Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

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We are approaching December 25. This is excerpt 2 from  a  page about Jesus I am working with and will publish after Easter 2019.

Problems, problems

Matthew1:19   says: 

“Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly”

Joseph was  thinking about exposing Mary  to public disgrace with a divorce but he had according to Matthew1:20 a revealing dream:

20 He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph got that saving dream. But Marys and Josephs neighbors? probably not.

Let us move to Nazareth were this probably happened and imagine yourself outisde your house. there you met  the  beautiful young girl neighbor of yours since many years and you see that she is pregnant.  She is yet not married. What   the first question you probably will ask is…. 

“Who is the father of the baby?”

2000 years ago the tollerance was not like it is today. Not only.

the rule followed at that time, was among others

 Deuteronomy 22:20. Imagine a girl who was raped. Deuteronomy makes no distinction. it simply says 20 “But if the accusation that the girl cannot show evidence of virginity is substantiated, 21 she must be taken out, and at the door of her father’s house her fellow-citizens must stone her to death for having committed an infamy in Israel “. To remember that not all girls bleed the first time they had sex.

How about Jesus?

Joseph saved Mary thanks to the dream he had. But what can happen with the baby, in this case Jesus?

Deuteronomy 23:2  says that 3 “No half-breed may be admitted to the assembly of Yahweh; not even his descendants to the tenth generation may be admitted to the assembly of Yahweh.”

The newborn (Jesus) is to be  repudiated. 

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1. the stargazers finding Jesus

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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 stargazers

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.”

We know there was a comet visible 5 ad ( adsabs.harvard.edu/ )
Matthew 2:1-2  knowing for sure about this event, was suported by the book of Micah as Micah prophesied about Betlehem in Micah 5:2 with these words:  
1 “But you (Bethlehem) Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, from you will come for me a future ruler of Israel whose origins go back to the distant past, to the days of old.”
the star (ed. comet) led the kings to Betlehem (  www.aboutbibleprophecy.com  )

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

  1. .”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.”
  2. (Source:  www.catholic.com  )
  3. 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 )
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