From the modern historian’s perspective, we must conclude that we haven’t the first clue of Jesus’ birthdate. Rather, December 25 is a theological guess that was not widely commemorated until the 6th century. What I find most interesting, however, is that commemorating the life of Jesus restructured how Christians thought about their annual calendar. Conversely, once a commemorative calendar had been established, these traditions eventually restructured how Christians thought about Jesus.Cross-file under Asking the Important Questions.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
'TIS THE SEASON: Why is Christmas on December 25? (Anthony Le Donne, The Jesus Blog).