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Was Jesus in fact born on December 25th ?

Asked by mahesh chandra, 22 Dec '08 09:20 pm
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The Bible does not specify the exact birth date of Jesus Christ. The early Christian church did not celebrate Jesus' birth. It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. According to the historical sources, Hyppolytus (ca. 170-236) claimed that Jesus was born on December 25. The earliest mention of some sort of observance on that date is in the Philoclian Calendar, representing Roman practice, of the year 336. Later, John Chrysostom favored the same date of birth. Cyril of Jerusalem (348-386) had access to the original Roman birth census, which also documented that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. The date eventually became the officially recognized date for Christmas in part because it coincided with the pagan festivals celebrating Saturnalia and the winter solstice. Even before the birth of Jesus, December 25 was official holiday in the Roman empire marking the birth day of the Sun god. However, this date was chosen by the ...more
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 23 Dec '08 10:27 pm

 
  
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No facts
we do believe so
Answered by anil garg, 26 Dec '11 12:15 am

 
  
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Was Jesus born on December 25? There is no evidence for this date. So then, who decided that Jesus' birth would be celebrated on that date? The early Christian church did not celebrate Jesus' birth. It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. This was not based on any religious evidence but on a pagan feast. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was observed near the winter solstice.

The apostles in the Bible predicted that some Christians would adopt pagan beliefs to enable them to make their religion more palatable to the pagans around them. Therefore, some scholars think the church chose the date of this pagan celebration to interest them in Christianity. The pagans were already used to celebrating on this date.

The Bible itself tells us that December 25 is an unlikely date for His birth. Pales ...more
Answered by celvah, 22 Dec '08 09:31 pm

 
  
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Who can prove this now..? Only Mother Mary would be able to tell.. And right now, she is not available for verifying this fact. This is as true as the fact Krishna was born of Ashtami and Ram on Navami.
Answered by Krish, 22 Dec '08 09:23 pm

 
  
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Majority believe that Jesus was born on December 25th. But some others argue that he was born on 1st January. (I remember having read an article in the print media long back).
Answered by Dharmarajan, 22 Dec '08 09:22 pm

 
  
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