Exactly When Was Jesus Born? Not on December 25
By Doug Newman
December 25, 2011
Most pastors, at least privately, will tell you Jesus was not born on December 25. Our celebration of His birth on this date has cultural, not biblical, roots. Ancient pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice in late December. The ancient church fathers jumped into the game with their own celebration a few days after the Solstice.
Most likely, Jesus was born in September. A few months ago, I received an email with three fascinating articles by people far more scholarly than I will ever be. All three use Scripture and astronomy – not astrology, mind you – to point to a September birthday.
1) This is an article by a pastor from the Los Angeles area uses the old Hebrew calendar to to point to a September birthday.
2) This article by a pastor in Pennsylvania discusses celestial signs pointing to a September 29 birth.
3) Dr. Gregory S. Neal of Irving, Texas, near Dallas, has this to say about the specific date of Jesus Birth. Near the end of the article he states:
What does it matter if Jesus was born on or about September 29th? In terms of our salvation and matters of eternal life: nothing. Salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through the keeping of high holy days. However, it is important that we speak the truth, and this includes being truthful regarding what we are doing on December 25th.