When Was Jesus Born?

What is real Christmas, the day that Christ was actually born?  Some cite this to answer the question:

1 The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called Apri…. (Doctrine and Covenants 20:1)

Many others have refuted this interpretation claiming that other evidence indicates that Jesus was born at other times.  Some claim that this revelation, recorded in our canonized scriptures, was prefaced with introductory material written by Joseph Smith but not included in the rest of the revelation.

When James E. Talmage wrote his classic study of Jesus Christ entitled JESUS THE CHRIST, he had this to say about it:

As to the season of the year in which Christ was born, there is among the learned as great a diversity of opinion as that relating to the year itself. It is claimed by many Biblical scholars that December 25th, the day celebrated in Christendom as Christmas, cannot be the correct date. We believe April 6th to be the birthday of Jesus Christ as indicated in a revelation of the present dispensation already cited [D&C 20:1], in which that day is made without qualification the completion of the one thousand eight hundred and thirtieth year since the coming of the Lord in the flesh. This acceptance is admittedly based on faith in modern revelation, and in no wise is set forth as the result of chronological research or analysis. We believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, April 6, B.C. 1. (Talmage, 1915, 98.)

Personally I do not know whether or not April 6th, 1 BC was the actual birth of Jesus, but in the absence of strong reasons supporting any other date, I will continue to accept this one as authoritative even though it is not acceptable to many LDS scholars.

In all matters I trust prophets more than I do scientists, scholars and academics.  With that said, my motto has long been “All my opinions are tentative pending futher data.”

Merry Christmas, Christmas Eve, 2012

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5 Responses to When Was Jesus Born?

  1. Tim says:

    My comment has nothing to do with this topic. It has only to do with Redelfs and this blog’s ridiculous subtitle. Are you kidding me? “Doctrine in the tradition of Joseph Fielding Smith and Bruce R. McConkie”?? This choosing of apostolic camps disgusts me. You do the church a grave disservice.

  2. Terry says:

    So many sad and bitter people out there (well 2 at least). Love is the way.

  3. john bocchetti says:

    The corporation of the first presidency of the church of jesus of latter day saints is a business and property management company.for the past two decades they have expanded to a globel business venture with the likes of mitt romney. Their machines is not unlike the church of scientology..their tax exemption status is a fraud. The whole country witnessed the mormon witness of one mitt romney…a chief thief and liar…

  4. Lloyd Brumbaugh says:

    Regardless of what may be the final conclusion as to the exact date of his birth, Christmas, and the date or December 25 has deep roots in paganism and should not be celebrated.
    Jeremiah 10:2-5: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
    3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
    4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
    5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

    • john bocchetti says:

      While Mormons, members of the LDS church, try in great vain to web their cosmology into the biblical narrative, they blunder with the great hoax; Book of Mormon, Their aspirations are incuded in the concept of “British Israelism.” While Utah presents a isolated context for this singularity to continue to vex, it’s simple a fool errand.

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