8-27 "A Christmas Story"
8-27 "A Christmas Story" R S 315N
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Date Created: 08/28/15
Intro to the New Testament 827 15 Dating system being used BCE Before Common Era Interchangeable with BC CE Common Era interchangeable with AD Some points made in the gospels about the circumstances around J esus s birth Jesus is born as a subject of the Roman empire a rule that was very widespread In Luke there is mention of a Roman census but outside of this portion of the Bible there is no historical mention of such a census at this time a census of this size would be a big deal so why is it not mentioned outside of the Bible Jesus was born during the Roman census census took place during 6CE Jesus was born during King Herod s reign 37BCE 4BCE THIS MEANS THE LATEST JESUS COULD HAVE BEEN BORN WAS 4BCE These two stories of when Jesus was born offer radically different times of J esus s birth Either he was born around 4BCE or 6CE which is a 10 year difference Conclusion The Christmas Story isn t accurate Some other points made about the Christmas Story The census mentioned would have been for tax purposes it would require citizens to travel back to their place of birth to pay their taxes we know the Romans were very efficient and yet this doesn t seem efficient The iconic and well known scene of Mary riding the donkey and Joseph walking alongside is not in the Bible Worst case scenario would be that Luke made up the Christmas Story Motive Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem to confirm a Jewish prophecy about the Messiah and a birth in Nazareth wouldn t fit Later in life Jesus was doubted as the Messiah because he was from Nazareth There are different reasons for why Mary and Joseph leave Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus census is over King Herod trying to kill Jesus Jesus dies around 30 CE and the earliest gospel is written around 60 CE Conclusion There are major discrepancies in the Bible and many points that cannot be reconciled with historical facts This could be due to a number of factors oral history being misheard intentional changing of history different interpretations of what happened etc
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