The nativity of Jesus is also known as the birth of Christ. It is described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. In this article, we will explore the birth of Jesus, Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph’s dream, and the Christmas star theory. These theories are based on various historical sources, which can be confusing for some. Hopefully, this article will help you make up your mind and make the most informed decision possible.
St. Luke’s account
The gospels of Matthew and Luke have different versions of Jesus’ birth, but they both relate the same events. The birth of Jesus happened in Bethlehem as Mary had expected, but Joseph, the father of the infant, was a just man and decided to send his wife and child away quietly. In this account, Mary and Joseph give birth to Jesus in a stable and the angel appears to Mary as she conceives.
While Matthew’s account describes Jesus’ birth in detail, Luke’s focuses on the social groups and marginalized. Matthew and Luke focus on Jewish people, but Luke highlights the marginalization of Gentiles and women. Women were viewed as second-class citizens in the first century. The first birth announcement, which Luke records, is addressed to shepherds in the field, a low-society group. As a result, Jesus’ ministry was for all, not just for the Jewish elite.
Dr. Martin’s Christmas star theory
There are numerous problems with Dr. Martin’s Christmas star theory on Jesus’ birth. The story of the Magi, who came to Bethlehem seeking the Jewish Messiah, does not fit with the Martin-Larson theory. It cannot explain how the Star first appeared in the east, how it stood over the house, or why the Magi were so slow to react to the celestial events. This theory, which is controversial, cannot be ruled out.
The first problem with Dr. Martin’s Christmas star theory on Jesus’ birth is the lack of a plausible chronology for the Magi’s arrival. The two scholars aren’t consistent in their arguments, but they do reject the consensus dating of Herod’s death. Therefore, the Christmas star theory is an attractive alternative. If you’re interested in finding out more about Dr. Martin’s Christmas star theory, you can check out her books on the subject.
One of the most famous Bible stories involves the birth of Jesus. Joseph had been waiting for his future wife, Mary, to give birth to their child. Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and she was a daughter of David, so Joseph was related to someone who was important to God. God spoke to Joseph through dreams and told him to wait for Jesus’ birth. God wanted to protect Jesus from Herod, so his dreams were meant to guide him and Mary.
The dream of Joseph about the birth of Jesus begins with God telling him that he would have a son and that he would name him Jesus. While the angel made clear that this child would be the Messiah, he also made clear that his mission would not be political or military. Jesus would not overthrow Roman oppressors but would save people from sin. The angel also told Joseph that the child’s name would be Jesus, and that he would save his people from their sins.
Joseph’s dreams of a heavenly visitation reveal that an angel visited Joseph before his marriage. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid of taking Mary as his wife, as she was going to conceive a son who would save all mankind from their sins. According to the angel, Mary’s conception was a result of the Holy Spirit. This means that Mary was actually pregnant before she knew she was pregnant.
The magi’s visit
The magi’s journey to Jesus’ birth was not a straightforward journey. Although they followed a star, the Magi did not follow it directly to the birthplace of the Messiah. Nevertheless, the star did return after the magi arrived at Bethlehem and to the exact place where the child was being born. It’s likely that they were inspired by the prophets and realized that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
Joseph and Mary had to stay in a temporary house for a while, as the census was taking place. They planned to stay in Bethlehem for a time, but the Magi arrived during Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of the Fathers. After the birth, the Holy Family was able to move into a more permanent dwelling. While the magi’s visit was an incredible and unforgettable experience, the events surrounding it are often viewed as the most tragic part of the Christmas story.
The date of Jesus’ birth
There are a number of possible dates for Jesus’ birth. The census that was ordered by Augustus Caesar is one possible source. In the third century, Cyril of Jerusalem requested that census records be consulted to find out the real date of Jesus’ birth. Cyril lived between 348 and 386 AD and reported that December 25 was the true date. Unfortunately, the census records are no longer available. However, there are some possible dates for Jesus’ birth that can be traced back to the time of the census.
The date of Jesus’ birth was still controversial in the late second century. The date of Jesus’ birth was celebrated on December 25 in western Europe and January 6 in the eastern Roman Empire. Today, the Armenian church celebrates Christmas on January 6 as well. The day after Jesus’ birth became known as the Feast of the Epiphany and the period from December 25 to January 6 was established as a holiday season. Chrysostom’s argument is inaccurate and illogical.