Was Jesus Really Born on December 25th?

Q. Was Jesus really born on December 25th? I have heard he was born in the spring.


 God has allowed His Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the right day or very close to it. This is not mandatory or a matter of faith, but why doubt it without very good reason?

The argument for assigning late December as the rightful date of the birth of Yeshua is based on the time Zacharias was told that Elizabeth would conceive a child.

Osservatore Romano: December 24,1998

“December 25 is an historical date,” Professor Tommaso Federici, Professor at the Pontifical Urbanian University and a consultant to two Vatican Congregations, has stressed. In an article in the Osservatore Romano on December 24, he wrote: “December 25 is explained as the ‘Christianization’ of a pagan feast, ‘birth of the Sol Invictus’; or as the symmetrical balance, an aesthetic balance between the winter solstice (Dec. 21-22) and the spring equinox (March 23-24).

But a discovery of recent years has shed definitive light on the date of the Lord’s birth. As long ago as 1958, the Israeli scholar Shemaryahu Talmon published an in-depth study on the calendar of the Qumran sect [Ed. based , in part, on Parchment Number 321 — 4 Q 321 — of the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls,], and he reconstructed without the shadow of doubt the order of the sacerdotal rota system for the temple of Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 24, 7-18) in New Testament times.

Here the family of Abijah, of which Zechariah was a descendant, father of John the herald and forerunner (Luke 1, 5), was required to officiate twice a year, on the days 8-14 of the third month, and on the days 24-30 of the eighth month. This latter period fell at about the end of September. It is not without reason that the Byzantine calendar celebrated ‘John’s conception’ on September 23 and his birth nine months later, on June 24. The ‘six months’ after the Annunciation established as a liturgical feast on March 25, comes three months before the forerunner’s birth, prelude to the nine months in December: December 25 is a date of history.”

Therefore, If Zacharias served during the end of September and Elizabeth conceived shortly thereafter, we can place the date of Jesus’ birth during the month of Tevet, in late December. The explanation is as follows:

1. Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, was conceived just after Yom Kippur (late Sept) and born 9 months later in (late June).

* John’s father (Zacharias) was a Levite of the house of Abijah who was assigned to serve in the temple during the 8th and 34 weeks of the year. If the Angel’s announcement to Zechariah was the 34th week that would have been during the High Holiday of Yom Kippur.
* It is written that John was conceived shortly after this tour of duty (Luke 1:23-4), and Yom Kippur. Thus, John would have been born around (late June).

2. Jesus was conceived in (late March), six months after John the Baptist (Luke 1:24-27, 36) near Passover, and born 9 months later during late December.

Luke 1:36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.

3. Circumstantial Evidences:

Church history, since the time of the late first century, has attested to a late December birth.

Hippolytus, in the second century AD, argued that this was Christ’s birthday.

In the fourth century,

John Chrysostom (347-407) argued that December 25th was the correct date. Chrysostom taught that Zechariah received the message about John’s birth on the Day of Atonement and John the Baptist was born sometime in June or July, and the birth of Jesus took place six months later, in late December (or early January). There was never a question about the period of Jesus’ birth either in the East or in the West; only in the recent years this date was challenged.
Early Jewish sources suggest that the sheep around Bethlehem were outside year-round. In the normal traffic of shepherds they move around and come near Bethlehem from November to March of the year. But then these were a special class of Levitical shepherds who kept the sacrificial lambs. They do not move around because they supply the lambs for daily sacrifice from whom people bought their approved lambs, which are blemishless. The fact that the Angels announced the arrival of the perfect sacrificial lamb to these shepherds indicates this. The climate near Bethlehem is more like Southern California, it is after all Mediterranian. It is not a Canadian or Russian climate.

Alfred Edersheim, a Messianic Jew, wrote, “There is no adequate reason for questioning the historical accuracy of this date. The objections generally made rest on grounds which seem to me historically untenable.”

Edersheim notes that Megillot Taanit states that the 9th of Tevet is considered the day of Christ’s birth, and that puts the birth of Yeshua sometime during late December.

If Zacharias served during Yom Kippur and Elizabeth conceived shortly thereafter, we can place the date of Jesus’ birth during the month of Tevet, in late December.

Both views can be seen HERE

6 Responses

  1. You’re wrong. Read this.


  2. Excellent summation!

  3. The Roman Empire Choose the 25th of December was because there was already a state holiday a pegan God known as Sol Invictus (“Unconquered Sun”) The idea, particularly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, that the date of 25 December for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun”,

    Therefore ; so they didnt screw up the calender when Rome became Christian they got rid of the Pegan Holidays.

    Sol Invictus dates to 387 AD[5] and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them.[6]

  4. Actually, the first record of the feast of Sol Invictus being celebrated was in the ancient almanac “Chronography of 354”. The manuscript also listed the death anniversaries of various Christian bishops and martyrs, with the first date marked for December 25: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae (“Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea”). There is absolutely no historical record to support any claim that any pagan festival predated the Christian tradition of Christmas being celebrated on December 25. In fact, it is quite evident that Christians were already celebrating Christmas on that day. For instance, St. Hyppolytus of Rome documented in his “Commentary on the book of Daniel”, circa A.D. 204, that:

    “For the first advent of our Lord in the flesh, when he was born in Bethlehem, was December 25th, Wednesday, while Augustus was in his forty-second year …”

    St. John Chrysostom also gave a homily on Christmas about A.D. 386 stating that Christ was born in late December. St. Augustine of Hippo wrote in the 4th century recollecting the fact that it was then already a long established tradition that the birthday of St. John the Baptist was celebrated on June 24. Since Luke told us in his gospel that Christ and John the Baptist had an age difference of 6 months, this would place late December as the date of Christmas. St. Augustine further explained that even the Donatists (emerged during the persecution under Diocletian in A.D. 312) kept Christmas celebration on December 25 and had refused to celebrate Epiphany (on January 6) because it was considered to be an innovation against the older North African Christian tradition.

  5. Its amazing how these Catholic or orthodox followers always get things wrong. You have to wonder if they are possessed by demons. There is no doubt that Christmas is a catholic holiday to help them worship their false sun god (Satan). Does anyone pay attention to how the Catholic Church controls the governments of the world? The primary weapon is television media. And it has been for many years. Just look at the “ceremonies” every year in the Oscar awards. The gold statue. The set of the awards is designed after the alter of the ancient religion. The “fallen stars” are the celebrities who are exalted for their evil work. This isn’t conspiracy. This is REALITY. And it has been spoken about in the Holy Bible more than once. The Catholic whore has laminated their sun worship with Christianity to lead people away from GOD. There is so much being compiled today to demonstrate this. And it all follows the TRUTH from GOD’s word. Websites likes this one show just how serious the problem is today to get anyone to accept Salvation. We need real troops to get it out there. Just using the church is not enough.

  6. “Not 100 people in the United States hate the Roman Catholic Church, but millions hate what they mistakenly think the Roman Catholic Church is.”

    I wrote down the quote from the above right on this website. This kind of talk is typical of the Catholic Church. They fully walk in deception. Complete denial of TRUTH. Even though their actions completely contradict their mouths. Again, the Bible speaks about these things.

    You can look upon their rituals and symbols in the Church that show 100% without a doubt they are sun worshipers. They are the epitome of AntiChrist. And have successfully made whores of the mainstream world. Jesus has called us OUT of the world. And for good reason. Because you cannot live in a whorehouse without being a whore yourself!!

    How can we bring others out unless we are going out ourselves??

    There is NO MISTAKE in what the Catholic Church is hated for. Let their record speak for itself. They murdered many Christians to get them to assimilate into the sun worship/authoritarian government religion of theirs. They conjured up ways to laminate Christianity over top of their sun worship. Such as Mary being used to stand in place of the sun goddess. And they bow to her. Only a complete fool would see that church is legitimate. And clearly they haven’t spent any time at all studying Jesus Christ and all His teachings.

    Throw in the hundreds of testimonies from nuns throughout the years that show they have been raped, molested, locked in coffins, and more. Nuns are used in the church (virgins) as the prostitutes of the sun religion. Look it up if you doubt it. The idea that they are Christian is a complete LIE and is unbiblical 100%.

    There has been widespread corruption in the Catholic Church since the start. And people wonder why priests molest boys so much? It is also part of the sun religion. If you look it up, you will see how boys were favored in a sexual way in the ancient religion. An important part of it. I would bet my life that there is more that goes on in that church that has yet to be uncovered. But GOD has told us that ALL TRUTH will be uncovered.

    I advise all people this. The Holy Bible is the ONLY infallible source of TRUTH. We cannot rely upon the church. Because that is the same as relying upon men to get us through. GOD leads us. Through His written TRUTH. If you cannot agree with that. Than you are living in denial. Thus, rejecting TRUTH. And that too has been foretold.

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