Rosh Ha Shanah and the birth of Jesus of Nazareth

Rosh Ha Shanah and the birth of Jesus of Nazareth

Written on 09/09/2018
Todd Horton


Jesus’s Birthday

Since no one can argue that Jesus was a real human being how about taking a look at when He was really born instead of what you have been told for so many years traditionally. I don’t know about you, but I like to celebrate my birthday on the day I was born. However, in our house we celebrate all month long. Let’s see if we can find out how to get the birthday of Jesus in the right month.

According to church tradition they put Jesus’s birthday on December 25th. However, I think you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that is just not the case.

Biblical evidence that points to a different month than December for the birth of Jesus.

Shepherds were watching in the fields their flocks by night (Luke 2:7-8) December is cold and rainy and shepherds would have been inside at night time.

Mary and Joseph came to register during the Roman census. (Luke 2:1-4) In December the roads would have been in poor condition. Temperatures in higher altitudes like Jerusalem and other mountainous regions would be cold and possibly even freezing. That would have been counter productive to the Romans desire for a census. The most likely time would have been during one of the Levitical festivals when people were already on the move. Spring, Summer, or Fall.

John the Baptist’s mother Elizabeth was in her sixth month of being pregnant when Jesus was conceived according to (Luke 1:24-36) This most likely indicates that Jesus was conceived during December. Not to mention this fits in the understanding of Hannukah. Hannukah was the time frame that we understand to be rededication. Also that Jesus said I am the Light to the world. We understand that the rededication of the Temple required restoring the Light of the Menorah. Jesus is the living Menorah of the great light for all the world to see.

John the Baptist’s father Zechariah was a priest serving in the Jerusalem Temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5) The calculations of this historical service, put Zechariah in the Temple probably in the beginning of June of that year. It was during this time that Zechariah learned that he would be the father of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:8-13) (Luke 1:23-24) tell us that once Zechariah traveled back to En Kerem, in the Judean Hills, that John’s conception took place most likely at the end of June. That puts John the Baptist being born in March most likely around Passover.

If we continue our math we can add 6 more months and we arrive at September for the birth of Jesus. It would make sense to one then that Jesus was born during the Festival of Rosh HaShana or the holiday time period. This would coincide with becoming the Head of the civil cycle and born as King of Kings. King over all the Earth. Isaiah (9:1-7) brings insight to this understanding that the Great light would come 14 generations after King David.

Isaiah 9:1-7


For to Us a Child Is Born

"But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with  joy at the harvest, as they oare glad  when they divide the spoil.  For the yoke of his burden, rand the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as son the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be xuponhis shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."