Jesus Wasn’t Born in December Nor in a Manger

Many religious scholars have concluded that Jesus was not born this time of year. I’m not sure when he was born, it might have been June. It was Roman Pope Julius I who proclaimed December 25th as the birthdate to celebrate Jesus’s birth. My research tells me that the December date was chosen to coincide with Pagan solstice celebrations that people were already enjoying this time of year. It was a festive holiday, with astronomical attributes due to its being the darkest time of year. After this winter solstice, the light gradually returns. The return of the light is a great excuse for a grand celebration! And since we are trying to be factual, Jesus probably wasn’t born in a manger either. More likely he was born in a cave. You can find the spot for this cave in Bethlehem at the “Church of the Nativity,” located at the “Grotto of the Nativity.” When Luke wrote his gospel, he said that shepherds gave shelter for Mary. These shepherds housed their flock in a cave. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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