Timeline of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

Paul Wong

 

The Holy Bible does not give us the exact date of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ but the Gospel according to Luke gives us the exact month in which the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive the Son of God in her womb.

 

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.  Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”  (Luke 1:26-33)

 

The "sixth month" mentioned here refers to the time of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, but it can also refer to the "sixth month" which is called Elul in the Hebrew-Jewish calendar. God had determined the "first month of the year" to be the month in which the Children of Israel were to commemorate the LORD's Passover (Ex. 12:1-28). The "first month of the year" corresponds to the time between March and April. Even to this present age the Jews have been celebrating their Passover around that time of the year. The "sixth month" corresponds to the time between August and September. If the conception had occured not too long after Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, and if the normal pregnancy period of nine months is applied, then the date of birth of the Lord Jesus Christ would be around May or June. It is highly possible that Jesus was born in the Spring time after the Passover. The climate in Israel at that time of the year is very mild. This makes it possible for the baby Jesus to be delivered and wrapped only in “swaddling cloths” and “laid in a manger” without any form of heating whatsoever (Lk. 2:6-7). Since the climate in Bethlehem is not wet and cold at that time of the year therefore “in the same country shepherds living out in the fields (were) keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Lk.2:8)

 

Some believe Jesus Christ was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles which falls on the seventh month called Tishri, but this is unlikely. There is a possibility our Lord was born in the Spring time after the Feast of Passover.

 

Timeline of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

Chart showing Time Frame in International, Biblical and Hebrew-Jewish Calendars

 

International/

Gregorian

Number

of Days

Biblical

Hebrew-

Jewish

Number

of Days

Season

Period of Pregnancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth

Tammuz

29

Summer

 

July

31

 

 

 

Summer

 

 

 

Fifth

Av

30

Summer

 

August

31

 

 

 

Summer

 

 

 

Sixth Month

Elul

29

Summer

Conception begins

September

30

 

 

 

Summer

 

 

 

Seventh

Tishri

30

Autumn

Begin Second Month

October

31

 

 

 

Autumn

 

 

 

Eighth

Heshvan

29 or 30

Autumn

Begin Third Month

November

30

 

 

 

Autumn

 

 

 

Nineth

Kislev

29 or 30

Autumn

Begin Fourth Month

December

31

 

 

 

Autumn

 

 

 

Tenth

Tevet

30

Winter

Begin Fifth Month

January

31

 

 

 

Winter

 

 

 

Eleventh

Shevat

30

Winter

Begin Sixth Month

February

28 or 29 in

leap years

 

 

 

Winter

 

 

 

Twelfth

Adar

29 or 30

Winter

Begin Seventh Month

March

31

 

Adar Sheni

(leap year)

Lear year

only - 29

Winter

 

 

 

First

Nisan

30

Spring

Begin Eighth Month

April

30

 

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

Second

Iyar

29

Spring

Begin Ninth Month

May

31

 

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

Third

Sivan

30

Spring

Time of Birth

June

30

 

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

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May God bless you

 

This Research Article is presented by Paul Wong

to the ARK Forum on December 26, 2004

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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.
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