Happy 2,018th birthday Jesus!

Nativity SceneWhere was Jesus born, and are there any consequences of that?

Since Jesus was born in Bethlehem, his birth could not have occurred during any of the three holy periods of Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), or Tabernacles (Sukkot), the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, or Shalosh Regalim [1]. Why? Because these were times when all Jewish men were required by biblical law to be in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 16:16). Either Jesus was born in Bethlehem, or he was born during the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). Both conditions cannot be fulfilled under a Jewish law perspective.

When was Jesus born?

Isaac Asimov was definitely not wrong in noting that Jesus had to be born earlier than 4 BC, perhaps as early as 6 BC. According to Colin J. Humphreys, Jesus was probably born in 5 BC, at the time the Chinese recorded a major, new, slow-moving comet — a sui-hsing, or star with a sweeping tail in the Capricorn region of the sky. This is the comet Humphreys believes was called the Star of Bethlehem [2]. Herod the Great, a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis, and who also attempted to kill Jesus, died the year later, in the spring of 4 BC.

Based on the scriptural evidence, the case can be made that Jesus was born around the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), which corresponds to the September-October timeframe of our present calendar. It is clear for the reason mentioned above, however, that Jesus could not have been born during the actual feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or between 15 and 21 Tishri. In Micah 5:2, there is a prophecy that reveals that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah [3].

Luke 1:5 states, "During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron."

Here we find mention of the "division of Abijah". This was one of the 24 divisions that the Israelites had in their priesthood. The names and the order of these 24 divisions can be found in 1 Chronicles 24:7-18, and 1 Chronicles 24:10 specifically mentions that Abijah belonged to the eighth division [4].

So by dividing the 12 months of the year by 24, we have 15 days to each division. Zechariah's division, therefore, was the 8th fortnight of every year. In order to locate the time of the year of the division of Abijah, the Protestant procedure is to calculate 8 fortnights, commencing from the middle of March. According to these calculations, 15 March plus 8 fortnights equals 15 July, which equals the end of the "division of Abijah", and the commencement of Elizabeth's pregnancy (Elizabeth was the wife of Zachariah, the mother of John the Baptist, and a relative of Mary the mother of Jesus). Thereafter, 15 July plus 6 months equals 15 January. This is the approximate date of the Immaculate Conception of Jesus' mother Mary [5].

If we use the date of 15 January in a pregnancy due date calculator as the date of conception, we discover that Jesus' due date was 8 October, that is, roughly at the beginning of October [6].

Statistically, only about 4-5% of babies are born on their due date. Around 85% of babies are delivered 2 weeks before, to 2 weeks after the due date. For first time mothers, the percentage of babies that come after their due dates is slightly higher [7].

So most children in Jesus' time, with similar conception dates, would have been born between 24 September and 22 October.

Through unique occurrences and coincidences that occurred on the 9th of October 1996, that is, on the 2000th Anniversary of Jesus' birth, the Cesidian Church has established that the true date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is 9 October, in the year 5 BC.

In that time, the part of the year 5 BC which was at the start of the year 3757 in the Hebrew calendar, the feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) occurred on 1 Tishri, or 2 October. The Fast of Gedaliah occurred on 3 Tishri, or 4 October. The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) occurred on 10 Tishri, or 11 October, just 2 days after Jesus' birth. Luke 2:21 states, "At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." The feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) occurred between 15 and 21 Tishri, or between 16 and 22 October. It was actually on the first day of Tabernacles (Sukkot), on 16 October, that Jesus was circumsised. Most Messianic Jews believe the Jesus (Yeshua) was born on this day, the first day of the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), while Cesidians believe that this is the day Jesus was actually circumsised. Jesus himself was born on 8 Tishri, in the year 3757 [8].

This corresponds to the day of 11 October, in the year 5 BC in the Julian calendar, which translates into the perfectly Roman date of Mercury's Day (Wednesday), the Fifth Day to the Ides of October, in the Year 749 Since the Foundation of the City (Rome). If Jesus had been born in Rome, that day would have been a festive occasion, a day for special religious observance, the day of Meditrinalia. Meditrina was the goddess of healing, and wine would have been consumed in her honour, as it was considered to have medicinal properties. Jupiter also, as a wine-god, was honoured on this day. Feasting and games were in order for this and the next several days [9].

Today we know that the Romans were right at least in part on the medicinal properties of wine as resveratrol, a polyphenol abundant in red winegrape skins, is widely believed to provide health benefits which include antioxidants, and reduction of blood sugar. Although the skins and seeds of white winegrapes also contain resveratrol in lesser quantities, most of these are lost during the crush to make wine [10]. But white wine has health-promoting properties as well, since it contains tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol polyphenols, which protect heart cells' powerhouses, the mitochondria [11].

It is for this reason that the first day of the year, which also falls on the Sabbath in the Cesidian calendar, has been called Jeuday, which is pronounced "Jew-day", and comes from the French jeudi plus the English day. The French jeudi, in turn, comes from the Latin Jovis Dies, meaning "Jupiter's Day". Jeuday is also known as "Messiah Day", so it is clear that the Cesidian calendar's Sabbath is based on some very remarkable details of Jesus' life, not on the day he resurrected according to Christian tradition (Sunday), but on the day he was born, a day during which the wine-god Jupiter was also honoured [12].

In the Cesidian calendar, Jesus' birthday actually falls on Saturnday 22 Kurosawa each year, which is the day after Jeuday 21 Kurosawa, a Sabbath, and thus Jesus' Birthday in the Cesidian calendar creates a natural two-day holiday.

Another interesting fact is this: Jesus' actual birthday, the 9th of October, also happens to be my brother's birthday!

HMRD Cesidio Tallini [13, 14]