Christmas – an alternative perspective
Immaculate misconceptions?

Popular mythology puts the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th in the year 1 CE (Common Era, a secular alternative to AD, or Anno Domini- Latin for “In the year of the Lord”).  The New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth and the earliest gospel, that of St. Mark written about 65 CE, begins with the baptism of an adult Jesus. As Jesus was reputed to still be in his thirties at the time of his crucifixion this suggests that the earliest Christians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jesus’ actual birthdate in favour of his teachings and stories of his miracles.

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