Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Random Christmas?

We all know that the date of Christmas has no significance whatsoever to Christianity, right? Wrong!! St. John Chrystostom pointed out that
Luke 1 says Zechariah was performing priestly duty in the Temple when an angel told his wife Elizabeth she would bear John the Baptist. During the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, Mary learned about her conception of Jesus and visited Elizabeth "with haste."The 24 classes of Jewish priests served one week in the Temple, and Zechariah was in the eighth class. Rabbinical tradition fixed the class on duty when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and, calculating backward from that, Zechariah's class would have been serving Oct. 2-9 in 5 B.C. So Mary's conception visit six months later might have occurred the following March and Jesus' birth nine months afterward.

There's a lot more info on this subject over at Musings of a Pertinacious Papist. Fascinating!

4 comments:

Carmel said...

Oh that is so interesting! It's great how they find ways of figuring out these wonderful things. Thanks!

4HisChurch said...

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating...I would love to let the ex's brother this. He would always argue religion with me...that Jesus wasn't born on Dec 25.

4HisChurch said...

Ah! Well, now you have a good argument!

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