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Eva Almanza wrote:


Is it true that Jesus was not born on December 25th but was born around September 29th, 2 B.C.?

Thank you,


  { Is it true that Jesus was not born on December 25th but on September 29th, 2 B.C.? }

Eric replied:

Hi Eva,

If by true you mean certain and well established, No.

No one knows for sure when Jesus was born. Early testimony suggests December 25th, but most scholars are doubtful. I have never heard the date you mention, though it fits with theories I've heard about its time frame. The year that is commonly accepted is 4 B.C.

James Akin, a popular Catholic apologist and author, has an entry in his blog on this topic:

It may be that some maverick scholar has marshaled seemingly compelling evidence for a:

September 29th, 2 B.C.

date, but by no means is that accepted (or at least, well accepted) by other scholars.

The Wikipedia article on the nativity of Christ might be useful.


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