Correcting the month Jesus was born 2

(immediately continuing from yesterday)

So, going with the calculations based on Josephus‘ words that the first division of priests had just taken office at the time of the destruction of the Temple, we can figure backwards to establish that Zechariah came off of duty on July 13, 3BC & returned home to Elizabeth (Luke 1:23). Elizabeth then conceived (Luke 1:24) probably within a week and John the Baptist would have been born 280 days later (on or around April 26, 2BC). Interestingly, this date marked the end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that year.

Elizabeth secluded herself for 5 months (Luke 1:24) & at the beginning of her 6th month of pregnancy Gabriel appeared to Mary, Elizabeth’s cousin (Luke 1:26). The time was the 1st week of January, 2BC. Jesus would then have been born 280 days later on or about October 13, 2BC. This would have also been the 15th day of Tishiri, the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This may also be mysteriously supported or hinted at by John in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”.

This is where it gets interesting. The Greek word for ‘dwelling’ is skenoo, which means “to pitch tent, encamp, tabernacle, dwell in a tent.” So a more literal translation of John 1:14 would read: “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”. Do you think that John may have been alluding to the significance of the Feat of Tabernacles in this verse?

Wrapping up, can we pinpoint the exact date of Christ’s birth? No, but it is very possible to identify the season fo his birth. The evidence strongly suggests that Jesus was born in September-October (the Hebrew month of Tishiri), during the celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Chris

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