Presidential advisor on media issues as well as permanent panelist on Tuesday talk show on NBS TV, Tamale Mirundi claims Jesus was not born on 25th December as the Christian faith claims.
According to Mirundi, Jesus must have been in February, because it is always snowing during December and circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth mentioned in the bible could not have happened during that time.
“The world was so cold during that time, would there be shepherds in the fields during winter?”
According to Luke 2:8-20: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them; “Don’t be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Now Mirundi claims there is no way shepherds would be in the field during that time. “They must have been indoors.”
“I am not disputing that Jesus was not born. He was, but not today (December 25)” Mirundi claims.
Mirundi argues that initially the 2th day of December was a pagan feast inherited by Romans to celebrate their small gods.
According to Jehovah Witness website, there is no proof Jesus was born in December, as even the bible is silent on this.
The Jehovah Witness use specific events surrounding the birth of Jesus to rule out December. They for instance claim that the registration of all children ordered by King Caesar Augustus within one week of Jesus birth.
“Shortly before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree ordering “all the inhabited earth to be registered.” Everyone had to register in “his own city,” which might have required a journey of a week or more. (Luke 2:1-3) That order—probably made to support taxation and military conscription—would have been unpopular at any time of year, but it is unlikely that Augustus would have provoked his subjects further by forcing many of them to make long trips during the cold winter.”
Another website (All About Jesus Christ) also claims all circumstances place Jesus birth outside December.
“The Bible itself tells us that December 25 is an unlikely date for His birth. Palestine is very cold in December. It was much too cold to ask everyone to travel to the city of their fathers to register for taxes.”
“John the Baptist also helps us determine that December 25 is not the birth of Jesus. Elizabeth, John’s mother, was a cousin of Mary. John began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar. The minimum age for the ministry was 30. As Augustus died on August 19, A.D. 14, that was the accession year for Tiberius. If John was born on April 19-20, 2 B.C., his 30th birthday would have been April 19-20, A.D. 29, or the 15th year of Tiberius. This seems to confirm the 2 B.C. date, and, since John was 5 months older, this also confirms an autumn birth date for Jesus. “
According to the United Church of God: “Since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36), we can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born. John’s father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5). Historical calculations indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 in that year.”
“It was during this time of temple service that Zacharias learned that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a child (Luke 1:8-13). After he completed his service and traveled home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24). Assuming John’s conception took place near the end of June, adding nine months brings us to the end of March as the most likely time for John’s birth. Adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus (Luke 1:35-36)) brings us to the end of September as the likely time of Jesus’ birth.”