Biblical dating records
For them, linking Jesus’s conception with his death nine months prior to December 25 was important for underscoring salvation.
Only two of the four gospels in the Bible discuss Jesus’s birth.
Prior to this period, different Christians celebrated Christmas on different dates.
Contrary to popular belief that Christians simply adapted a pagan festival, historian Andrew Mc Gowan argues the date had more to do with Jesus’s crucifixion in the minds of ancient theologians.
Whitaker does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Neither does your average Christmas card featuring a peaceful nativity scene.
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There were probably not three magi and they were not kings.
In fact, there is no mention of the magi’s number, there could have been two or 20 of them.
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