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49 thoughts on “The Birth of Jesus – Gospel of Luke Ch 1-2

    • god says in quran about Mary she was orphan and they did lot who would take care about her and zakaria got this lot . he didn’t find her by coincidence . she was greatest girl at that time and all people wanted to take care about her . this is the story in holy quran and islam

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    • Colby Fason The timing that the New Testament gives for all the major events of Jesus of Nazareth’s life are based off Jewish calendars not the Julian calendar. These events have corespondent times in the Julian calendar but they didn’t originate there. The commemoration of the events of Jesus life by his disciples are certainly not pagan holidays. In fact, the early Christians chose to be martyrs instead of offering a pinch of incense to commemorate a pagan leader. Jesus was a Jew. His life was based on Jewish calendars not pagan ones.

      I’m not sure why Spring and the fertility cycles of sheep are important to you. Nowhere in the NT are sheep giving birth mentioned. We have no reason to believe that Jesus was born in the Spring. In fact, we have many reasons to believe that he wasn’t born in the Spring, chief among them is that no God fearing Jew would have chosen to register his family with a pagan emperor rather than make a religious pilgrimage for Passover. Either religious Jews went to register for the Roman census or they went to Jerusalem for Passover in the Spring. They couldn’t do both.

      You just have to abandon the idea that Jesus was born in the Spring.

    • Gil Garza OK well what was happening in Exodus 19:1? The giving of the Word of God right? What was Jesus? The Word that became flesh and bone (John 1:14) right? Luke 1:26 says 6th month nine months later is the 3rd month. This is in the spring which is feast of weeks not Passover. The Sheppard’s were in the field at night watching for sheep to be born that’s why it’s important. I’m lining up scriptures not going off of theories or some man made opinion James 3:15 says that is demonic. Follow Proverbs 2:1-4 to find the truth not human tradition which Jesus talked about in Mark 7:9.

    • Colby Fason i agree with your approach. Luke does give us a timeframe in several verses. The timeframe of the 6th month is the question. I think that the natural way to interpret these references is by reading them in reference to the 6th month of a calendar. I’m not dogmatic on this but I think that this natural reading also explains the data. So, I’ll go through this again.

      The question is 6th month of what? If you begin counting to the 6th month using the less popular Jewish Temple calendar (the so-called ecclesiastical calendar) you’re wrong. You’re immediately in the weeds. Jesus ends up being born in the Spring during one of 3 Temple pilgrimage high holidays in this model. This would pose a world of problems to the scenario. I’ll explain a few of the reasons why this is dumb.

      Placing the Nativity at Passover makes the details of Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem impossible. Firstly, travel anywhere other than Jerusalem is forbidden during the high holidays. Secondly, Bethlehem would have been deserted during Passover because everyone would be in Jerusalem, meaning there would have been plenty of places to stay for Joseph and Mary. Thirdly, no Jews would have been working during Passover meaning no Jewish shepherds would have been tending their flocks (non-Jews were hired for this sort of work). Fourthly, only a small group of early Christians in Egypt celebrated Christmas in Spring. They did this because they were using an Egyptian pagan calendar in which the 9th month is in Spring and not for Bible reasons.

      It’s so wrong that just about everyone thinks it’s dumb. Jesus can’t be born in the Spring.

      But what about all the Hebrew Bible prophecies, I can hear you asking? Jesus wasn’t born in the Spring but he was conceived during that time. This is why the early Christians celebrated the Annunciation on March 25. The Word was made flesh in the Spring.

      If you begin counting using the calendar that most Jews used at the time, the so-called Jewish civil calendar then you end up on December 25, exactly when the Jewish Christians in the early church celebrated it.

      The only problem with this last scenario is that Jesus ends up being born in the wintertime. Shepherds don’t normally watch their flocks at night at this time because it’s cold. This isn’t really a problem because the flocks in question are no ordinary sheep. Around Bethlehem were David’s Flocks. These flocks had shepherds watching 24/7/365 because they were used exclusively in the Temple as sacrifice. They therefore had to be without any blemishes. These sheep got serious TLC. Problem solved. Jesus was born in the wintertime.

      Of course you can say that Luke was only referring to the 6th month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy when he gave the timeframe of the Annunciation not the 6th month of the calendar year and sidestep the entire issue which is what most people do.

      Anyway, hope that helps.

    • Gil Garza yea your logic tells you that but what does James 3:15 say about our logic? Idk where the David’s sheep comes from I don’t know that the unblemished lambs raised for sacrifice were raised in the Sheppard’s cave which Jesus was born in but you would have to go to Israel and talk to the Jews raised in that culture to find this out.

  1. I like how you guys didn’t put Jesus in a manger, in a cave some where. He was actually born in a lower part of the house, where the animals were. At that time the animals kept the house warm. It was only a two story house. Plus it was an important festival at that time. We have to look at it in a Hebraic way. Happy Chanukah!

    • Shaun Wheeler lol I was actually reading comments to see if anyone was going to give them props about them not being in a cave. Our perception is very skewed because the way things were in those days are different than today.

    • Within the variations is also the writer’s personality, perspective, purpose and the literary devices of the writer’s contemporary culture, (I could have said “prose”, but that would have been to comply with our cultural literary styles, rather than getting my point across, which is terribly ironic). This isn’t complete, just ramblings from the top of my head, hopefully accurate without going through commentaries, plus it’s gone 1a.m. here with a comfy kitty on my lap.

      You’ll find Mark was writing more like a reporter; presenting his findings in an order and structure, (much like how we would write a thematic essay), that would make sense to his contemporary readership.

      Matthew’s audience was primarily the Jewish people, who knew the Scriptures concerning the promise of the Messiah. His writing style took the Jewish reader by the hand and triumphantly pointed to how intricately every aspect of Jesus’ life, (from His very lineage, through to His resurrection and ascension), was foretold in their Scriptures, declaring Jesus as their Saviour, their awaited Messiah; the Anointed King and Highly Priest who would restore Israel to YHVH.

      John is unique. His work resonates with his contemporary readers, as now, who’s awareness tilted toward the spiritual dimension in understanding what’s happening in the world around them, (and I’ll keep this discourse to a minimum as I know I’ll waffle). John declares Jesus as the King of kings; the mighty warrior who not only would restore Israel, but restore the breach between YHVH and His precious creation.

      Luke is an amazing scholar. He was quite likely trained as a physician, very skilled at investigating and researching. He applied these skills to know more about Jesus, from the most reliable sources possible, for the purpose of sharing his findings with a dear friend, to whom he writes. Luke sees the compassionate heart of our Father, who would do anything to make us whole, healthy, reunited with Him, as He’d always wanted, even to sacrifice His only begotten Son, which was the only way to redeem us.

      Well, I hope this gives you an overview of some of the reasons for the variations within the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. They’re the same reasons for why there seems to be inconsistencies between the Gospel accounts. A great place to go is a book called The Harmony of the Gospels. It’s heavy going to get through the whole book, but it does have a section which lines up all four books in a sort of timeline, writing out every word of the four accounts, in chronological order, in four columns. I’ve found a free PDF online you might also find via Google.

    • OnceUponAChurch There is a slight variance in each Gospel. However, I would recommend the Merged Gospel book, it combines all 4 and makes it into one flowing story.

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      Uh… they are not contradictions. For something to be a contradiction, it has to be the same person, place or thing **at** the same time and **in** the same sense. Supplementary information is not contradictory information.

  2. Has anyone ever heard of the documentary “Story in the Stars” ?? The guy who presents it interpretates all everything related to the cosmos as a sign. At the end he discover the day the Jesus was born.

    • Darllington Wesley I’ll check it out. I’m wary though, as have been deceived through these kinds of things before, leading me down rabbit holes. God has only just this year taken the spiritual cataracts from my eyes and now I see how sneaky the deception has been. The enemy can indeed appear as an angel of light.

  3. I was hoping to see Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth!! such an amazing moment with so much information and meaning!! kind of sad that this was skipped!

    • The Bible Project May I ask why? Is it a time constraint thing? I just think it’s so big and profound that the angel uses her cousin’s pregnancy to tell her that with God nothing is impossible. It’s such a natural bridge between the two stories. (It’s also definitely one of my favorite things from the bible. I mean, a fetus of only 6 months or so senses the presence of the Son of God!? Just wow! I’m so filled with emotion when I think of it!)

    • The visitation of Blessed Mary to Saint Elizabeth is to sanctify John the Baptist. In him has the power of Elijah, to prepare the way for the Lord. from the Book of Saints

  4. 2:13 “The same Holy Spirit that brought life and light out of darkness in Genesis Chapter 1 is going to generate life inside her womb.”? But wasn’t it the Holy Trinity? I myself am confused by the Holy Trinity, haha. I thought it was the Father, the Creator. Please enlighten me, brothers and sisters.

  5. My God.. I am crying I don’t understand why.. Jesus put His new way to rule the earth turning it upside down by showing his birth place.. A Flock??

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