Jesus’ Birth – Traditional vs Actual Date

When Was Jesus Born?

Note: The following Post is taken from the book by Joseph Lenard entitled Mysteries of Jesus’ Life Revealed—His Birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascensions. For an overview and complete chapter listing of this fascinating study, click here.

Traditional Date: December 25, 1 AD
How Did the Traditional Date of December 25 Come About?

The traditional celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 25 is nowhere found in Scripture and, frankly, the customs come from pagan origins. In ancient Persia, Mithra, the Persian god of light, was said to be born out of a rock on December 25. The Roman emperor Aurelian in the third century (AD 274) established the festival of Dies Invicti Solis, the Day of the Invincible Sun, on December 25. Mithraism became Rome’s official religion with the patronage of Aurelian, and Emperor Constantine adhered to Mithraism up to the time of his purported conversion to Christianity in the fourth century AD.

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