Was Christ was Born on December 25? Here’s how to answer objections

Merry Christmas. Here’s a free book about Christ being born on December 25:

Secular magazines and “experts” on the History Channel love to gloat over Christians every December and “prove” how Christ was not born on December 25. Recently, the same “Christ wasn’t born on Dec 25” argument was taken up by Bill O’Reilly in his book Killing Jesus.

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In order to offer a biblical and historical argument for Christ’s birth on December 25, I’m offering all my readers a Christmas gift. It’s a free ebook copy of my book God’s Birthday: Why Christ was born on Dec 25 and why it Matters. 

You can download the entire (short) book for free by clicking here. Here’s what you’ll get:

  1. How to answer the 3 most common objections against a December 25 Birthday
  2. A Biblical Argument from Luke’s Gospel locating Christ’s birth in late December
  3. An analysis of Church Fathers who defended the birth of Christ on December 25
  4. An explanation of how the Jewish historian Josephus got the dates wrong
  5. How and why Christ was born on Dec 25 in the year 1BC

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  • Thank you for this, Taylor. It seems like modern people – including Christians – need to feel superior to those “uninformed” folks 2000 years ago who obviously were sloppy and illiterate. Well, those people were MUCH more connected with days and seasons than we are now.

    Herod wouldn’t have had a census during December because it would be easier for people to travel during the summer? Well, how about if December would be most convenient precisely because the summer months are precious growing time in an agrarian society?

    The disciples didn’t know how to operate a car or an iPad, sure. But we need to deeply respect their ability to connect with natural cycles and deliver a message which would last for millenia.

  • Ron Conte

    On the Birth of Christ: The forty-second year of Augustus was 3/2 BC
    (according to Finegan, Handbook of Biblical Chronology, n. 562.), not 1 BC. According to Finegan, AD 33 was neither the 18th year
    of Tiberius, nor the year of the consulship of Rufus and Rubellius. And AD 1 is both too late a date for the death of Herod and too close to the date you give for Christ’s birth.

    On the Crucifixion: March 25th in the year 33 was neither a
    Friday, nor Nisan 14, nor any day within the feast of Passover. Nisan 14
    fell on Friday, April 3rd that year.

  • ADAM

    “December 25 is an historical date,” Professor Tommaso Federici, Professor at the Pontifical Urbanian University and a consultant to two Vatican Congregations, has stressed. In an article in the Osservatore Romano on December 24, 1998 he wrote: “December 25 is explained as the ‘Christianization’ of a pagan feast, ‘birth of the Sol Invictus’; or as the symmetrical balance, an aesthetic balance between the winter solstice (Dec. 21-22) and the spring equinox (March 23-24). But a discovery of recent years has shed definitive light on the date of the Lord’s birth.
    As long ago as 1958, the Israeli scholar Shemaryahu Talmon published an in-depth study on the calendar of the Qumran sect [based, in part, on Parchment Number 321 — 4 Q 321 — of the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls], and he reconstructed without the shadow of doubt the order of the sacerdotal rota system for the temple of Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 24, 7-18) in New Testament times. Here the family of Abijah, of which Zechariah was a descendant, father of John the herald and forerunner (Luke 1, 5), was required to officiate twice a year, on the days 8-14 of the third month, and on the days 24-30 of the eighth month. This latter period fell at about the end of September. It is not without reason that the Byzantine calendar celebrated ‘John’s conception’ on September 23 and his birth nine months later, on June 24. The ‘six months’ after the Annunciation established as a liturgical feast on March 25, comes three months before the forerunner’s birth, prelude to the nine months in December: December 25 is a date of history.”

    In other words, according to the evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Sacred Scripture, our liturgical calendar is accurate:
    end of September
    Zechariah “executed his priestly function” (Luke 1:8) according to his class. His wife, Elizabeth, conceived (the Church traditionally holds St. John’s conception to have taken place on 23 September) just as Gabriel said (Luke 1:24) and hid herself away for 5 months.

    25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation
    In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26), Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she is to have a child

    24 June, the Feast of John the Baptist
    Three months after the Annunciation,
    John the Baptist was born, at a time when the days were becoming shorter

    25 December
    Nine months after the Annunciation, Jesus was born, at a time when the days were becoming longer.

    To rebut the idea that Jesus had to have been born (rather than conceived) in the Spring because the shepherds were in their fields, which wouldn’t have been so in the Winter, there’s this, from the Jewish convert scholar, Alfred Edersheim, in his “The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah”:

    “Jewish tradition may here prove both illustrative and helpful. That the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, was a settled conviction. Equally so, was the belief , that He was to be revealed from Migdal Eder, ‘the tower of the flock.’ This Migdal Eder was not the watchtower for the ordinary flocks which pastured on the barren sheepground beyond Bethlehem, but lay close to the town, on the road to Jerusalem. A passage in the Mishnah leads to the conclusion, that the flocks, which pastured there, were destined for Temple-sacrifices, and, accordingly, that the shepherds, who watched over them, were not ordinary shepherds. The latter were under the ban of Rabbinism, on account of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances, and their manner of life, which rendered strict legal observance unlikely, if not absolutely impossible. The same Mishnaic passage also leads us to infer, that these flocks lay out all the year round, since they are spoken of as in the fields thirty days before the Passover — that is, in the month of February, when in Palestine the average winter rainfall is nearly greatest.

    Thus, Jewish tradition in some manner apprehended the first revelation of the Messiah from that Migdal Eder, where shepherds watched the Temple-flocks all the year round. It was, then, on that ‘wintry night’ of the 25th of December, that shepherds watched the flocks destined for sacrificial services, in the very place consecrated by tradition as that where the Messiah was to be first revealed.”

  • Dom Prosper Gueranger

    A Protestant brought up in discussion we were having the belief that Christ would have been born during “lambing” season for practical and symbolic reasons.

    Do you have any input related to this Dr Marshall?

    I wanted to add that I have had your Christmas book since last year and truly appreciate the information and your offering it for free.

  • Victor


    In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26), Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she is to have a child.

    Hey there’s always going to be some who will believe exactly what they want to no matter what “The Fact” so all “I” can say is if they want to believe in vic us, “I” mean invictus… let’s just pray that humans are never put to the test… … YA Doctor Marshall have been Blessed with “Seven Jesus Temple Cells” and then again “Joy” is included and when we count your kingdom, “I” mean body then we have nine spiritual Godly candles if YA know what “I” mean?…lol