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When was Jesus born?
During the festive season many people ask the question "When was Jesus born?". Jesus was born nearly two thousand years ago, long before accurate records were kept or birth certificates given. So nobody knows for sure on which day Jesus was born nor whether Jesus was born in the winter or the summer.

When was Jesus born? The Pagans and the Shortest Day
Long before, and long after, Jesus was born the twenty-fifth of December was the shortest day of the year - the day when there is less sunlight than on any other day. On the shortest day of the year people worshipped the sun which included prayers and offerings to their Sun God to ensure that the sun returned to give them a good summer.

When was Jesus born? The Romans
The Roman Empire and the tradition of the Roman holiday of Saturnalia was also observed near the winter solstice, so this date was traditionally celebrated as a special festival by many people. It is the belief of many that the 25th December was chosen in order to substitute the joy of a Christian festival for the license of the Saturnalia which were kept during this season. According to the old Roman date system the year of the birth of Jesus Christ has been suggested as in the year of Rome 749. The years of Rome were later replaced by the Anno Domini era.

When was Jesus born? A Controversial Question about the date of birth
Whether the 25th of December, which is now observed as Christmas Day, correctly fixes the period of the year when Christ was born is still doubtful, although it is a question upon which there has been much controversy. Many regard the Biblical event detailed in the Bible of the flocks and shepherds in the open field, which was recorded by St. Luke, as indicative of spring rather than winter. As there were no accurate records of when Jesus was born, someone had to make the decision of when this momentous event should be celebrated...

When was Jesus born? Fixing the date of the Birth of Jesus
Clement of Alexandria was an early Christian scholar and theologian, and one of the most distinguished of the early fathers of the Christian Church. From Clement of Alexandria (c.150 - c. 215) it appears, that when the first efforts were made to fix the season of the Advent, there were advocates for the 20th of May, and for the 20th or 21st of April. S
ome early communities of Christians celebrated the festival on the 1st or 6th of January; others on the 29th of March which was the time of the Jewish Passover. Other Christians observed it on the 29th of September, the Feast of Tabernacles.

When was Jesus born? Julius I, Bishop of Rome
Julius I., Bishop of Rome (A.D. 337-352), contended that the 25th of December was the date of the birth of Jesus Christ, a view to which the majority of the Eastern Church ultimately came round, while the Church of the West adopted the view from the East that the birth was on the 6th of January.

When was Jesus born? St. Chrysostom
John Chrysostom (c. 347407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. His influence was such that, during and after the life of St. Chrysostom, Christmas was observed on the 25th of December in both East and West alike. Although the date of birth had been commonly adopted people then started to look at the year of the birth of Jesus...

When was Jesus born? Dionysius Exiguus, the inventor of the Anno Domini era
Dionysius Exiguus (c. 470 c. 544) was a "most learned abbot of the city of Rome" and author of a treatise on elementary mathematics. Dionysius Exiguus is famous as the inventor of the Anno Domini era, which is used to number the years of both the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar. Dionysius disliked using a Roman table which ended with Diocletion 247. He added a new 95-year table with numbered Anni Domini Nostri Jesu Christi (Years of our Lord Jesus Christ) because, as he explained to Petronius, he did not wish to continue the memory of a tyrant who persecuted Christians.

When was Jesus born? The Venerable Bede
The Anno Domini era became dominant in Western Europe only after it was used by the Venerable Bede (c673 - 735) to date the events in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which he completed in 731. The confusion and complications of various tables and calendars ended and the  Nativity was placed as A.D. 1.

When was Jesus born?

When was Jesus born?

  • When was Jesus born?
  • When was Jesus born? The Pagans and the Shortest Day
  • When was Jesus born? The Romans
  • When was Jesus born? The date of birth
  • When was Jesus born? Fixing the date of the Birth of Jesus
  • When was Jesus born? Julius I, Bishop of Rome
  • When was Jesus born? St. Chrysostom
  • When was Jesus born? Dionysius Exiguus, the inventor of the Anno Domini era
  • When was Jesus born? The Venerable Bede
  • Facts and information about the Birth of Jesus
  • When was Jesus born?

When was Jesus born?

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