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UnCategorized What Homer, Euclid, Herodotus, Hippocrates, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Gutenberg, and Jesus Christ have in .mon is that they are among the many historical figures documented with uncertain dates of birth. And it is rather ironic that Jesus Christ, probably the biggest name in the list and to whom historians have been basing their timeline for the last two thousand years, continues to have an obscure birth date. Early Church experts ventured to establish Jesus’ birth as the center of human history, from when the years begin counting progressively as Anno Domini, or "The year of our Lord"; and to when all other years preceding it form a countdown. But the problem with this Christ-based system was that it had been colliding into vital basic elements of other, more precise, systems and historical details. What later occurred because of this was a consolidation of systems to determine the year of Jesus’ birth somewhere between 7 and 4 B.C. In regards to the crucifixion, however, historians point to either 33 A.D. or 30 A.D. According to the Bible, the crucifixion took place on a Friday, when the Feast of the Passover was said to have been celebrated (John 18:39). The Passover happened on a full moon, on the fifteenth day of the month of Nissan. Astronomical records reveal that a full moon Friday occurred in 33 A.D. and not in 30 A.D., when the full moon appeared on a Thursday [1]. According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus was "about thirty years old when he began his ministry" (3:23 NIV). If he was crucified in 33 A.D., being born in 4 B.C. would have made him 37 when he died. Another matter that remains sharply controversial is whether Jesus was truly born on December 25. Was Jesus really born "on a cold winter’s night that was so deep"? The date would put Palestine in the middle of winter. Again, referring to the Gospel of Luke, it is said that "there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night" (2:8 KJV). .mon sense alone will tell anyone that no shepherd will abide by his sheep during a mid-winter’s night. According to Bible expert Ralph Edward Woodrow, it was even plausible that Jesus was born during the fall. Woodrow explained that since Jesus died on a spring Passover night, and his ministry lasting three and a half years that .menced in the fall of his thirtieth year, it was logical that Jesus was born in the fall. Woodrow continued to explain that fall was the most logical season for Joseph and Mary to have .e venturing back to Bethlehem to be tax-registered. There were no records that show any taxation done in wintertime, he claimed. Yet this census decree by Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1) continued to play excruciating nuisance, not only for Joseph and Mary, but also for the people of Israel, for it came along when the biggest Jewish cultural festival was to be held: the Feast of the Tabernacles. Known in the native Jewish tongue as "Succoth," this harvest festival brought all the people of Israel into Jerusalem, swelling a city of 120,000 to 2 million. This tremendous overflowing would understandably spill over to the neighboring towns of Jerusalem, including Bethlehem that lay a mere five miles south of the capital. This explains why Joseph and Mary "found no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7) that night of fall. So how did December 25 connect to Jesus’ birthday at all? Experts point to the Church’s decision to incorporate into Christianity the pagan Roman Feast of the Birth of Unconquered Sun, or the "Natalis Solis Invicti." This December winter festival seemed perfect for the Christian world because of the characteristic rejoicing and gift-giving that occurred all throughout its celebration. Later prominent Christian saints Cyprian (died 258), martyr and bishop of Carthage, and John Chrysostom (ca.304-407), church father and patriarch of Constantinople, consecrated the Roman sun-god "Sol" as the Lord Jesus Christ, "who is as Unconquered as the Sun." Upon the entry of 300 A.D., Rome had already established December 25 as the day of Jesus’ birth as part of the celebration of the Epiphany, held on January 6th. By 379, the December 25th Christmas had found its way to Constantinople and was galvanized as an official Church festival by St. John Chrysostom in 400. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: