The birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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In which year was Christ born?

This question is a spin-off from On which date was Christ born? There are differing views on the birth year of Christ, which also affect the dating of the resurrection (as we know Jesus's age on ...
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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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Why is Easter celebrated on a different day every year and Christmas is not?

It is well known that on Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection, but every year it is held on a different date, whereas Jesus' birthday—Christmas—is celebrated on the same day every year. ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after the birth of Jesus?

Many depictions of the nativity have both the shepherds and the wise men at the stable on the night of Jesus' birth. However, it is commonly held that the wise men did not arrive until several months ...
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On which date was Christ born? [closed]

Most Christians celebrate the birth of Christ (Christmas) on December 25. But was this really the day of Christ's birth? What was the actual date of Christ's birth?
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What is the earliest historical testimony of the celebration of the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ?

What is the earliest historical testimony (e.g., in writing) of the celebration (i.e., a feast) of the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, whether it be on the equivalent of December 25, January 6, or ...
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Was the virgin conception of Jesus known to the people at the time?

In the Bible, it seems that Mary consulted with Elizabeth after the Annunciation but from the people's reaction to Jesus at ministry, it occurs to me that they are not aware of the surrounding story ...
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What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?

In Matthew 2:11, we read that the Magi or wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Were these common gifts to be given at that time or did each of them hold significant meaning, ...
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What is significant about the swaddling clothes with which Jesus was wrapped as a baby?

Luke gives the account of Jesus' birth and mentions that Mary wrapped Him in "swaddling cloths". And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a ...
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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked already. Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV) 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem ...
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From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?

It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...
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What is the origin of the idea that the baby Jesus did not cry?

"...the cattle are lowing. The baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes." ~ 2nd verse to Away In A Manger Did this idea originate from historical Christian doctrine? Where did ...
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Why does the Battle Hymn of the Republic say Jesus was born “in the beauty of the lillies”?

A seldom-quoted stanza of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" says "In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea, with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died to ...
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How many Wisemen were there? [duplicate]

The wise men are commonly thought of as three men, each bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. When in fact the scriptures don't indicate exactly how many wise men there were, only what gifts they ...
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How did the wise men (Magi) know the country where the new king was born?

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star ...
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According to Catholicism, what does 'come upon thee' and 'overshadow thee' mean?

When reading the verse regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus, there are certain terms used which I find very confusing. How does the Catholic Church understand the bolded phrases in Luke 1:35 ...
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What is the significance of Bethlehem as the place of Jesus birth?

The New Testament records that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. In fact, this was a fulfillment of prophecy, as Matthew records: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of ...
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What is the significance of the angelic visitation of the shepherds after the birth of Jesus Christ?

In his gospel, Luke records the visitation of the angels to shepherds immediately after the birth of Jesus Christ. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch ...
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Why was St. Joseph given instructions in dreams?

We see that St. Joseph was given instruction by the Lord in dreams, as follows: Matthew 1:20 (NIV): But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ...
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How was 'a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger' a sign?

The angels told the shepherds: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you:you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths ...
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Why are wise men common in contemporary [American] nativity scenes?

It is widely supported that the wise men were not present at the time of Jesus' birth. (ie. What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after ...
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NT arguments against Feng-Shui

There is a very good-hearted aunt, she is a Chinese and also a Christian, who is constantly persuading me to start following Feng-Shui (a Chinese system of geomancy). The time has come for my family ...
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When did the massacre of the innocents happen? [duplicate]

When the Magi had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. Get up, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going ...
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Caesar Augustus' census in Luke 2 - is it a-historical? Fabricated story? [closed]

Luke 2 speaks of a census by Caesar Augustus that everyone should go to their town of birth to be counted/enrolled. I recall, from a number curses on "historical Jesus", that there is a claim that ...
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Baby Jesus couldn't exist in “Total Depravity” because he was God? [closed]

I was recently reflecting total depravity after reading from a site which stated, Total depravity does not mean that man is as wicked or sinful as he could be, nor does it mean that man is without ...
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What was silent about the night in 'Silent Night'? [closed]

Happy Lent! I remember back when I was an undergrad my philo prof said that there was nothing silent about the night referred to in 'Silent Night'. Why might this be? Massacre of the Innocents? What ...