In which it’s 6 B.C. and the birth of Jesus…and it’s August… (pt2)

by Craig on December 20, 2011 August...all serious...and-a-little-fun. source

Yesterday I pinned down the year and due date of Our Lord’s birth to September of 06.

But I don’t think baby Jesus waited that long to make his appearance.

It’s starts with Luke’s account of Mary and Joseph going to the Jerusalem Temple for “purification” rights for Mary and the baby. (LK 2) They had to wait 40 days after the birth because the Law of Moses prescribed no contact with anything “holy” for 40 days after giving birth.

The time to “go up to Jerusalem” would have been during a Jewish feast. It would be a time when caravans would make the trip to Jerusalem together. These would be big enough for a future Mary and Joseph to assume a 12 year old Jesus was wandering in one for a few days while he was teaching Scribes and Pharisees. You know, when he got lost. (LK 2:41-52)


they’d wait for the next feast – and the only Fall feasts in 6 BC were…
Rosh Hashanah and the Fast of Gedaliah (mid September-ish)…
Yom Kippur and Sukkot (late September-ish)…
and Feast of Tabernacles (Octoberish)

Next clue…

Anna was praying all the time in the Jerusalem Temple… August...all serious...and-a-little-fun. source

She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. (LK 2: 36-38)

You could only pray overnight in the Temple on Yom Kippur.
All other days, the Temple was locked at sundown.

So the feast they probably arrived at 40 days or so after the birth of Jesus was Yom Kippur in late September of 06 BC.

This makes our little baby Jesus an early arriver, by about a month…
maybe because of a certain arduous donkey ride to Bethlehem…
putting the date of the Nativity about mid August-ish.

Now, pinning down the actual day is impossible…unless I think out of the box.

*now this part (in bold brown font) I’ve added since I published, due to Victoria’s comment below.I respect Victoria and all of you and don’t want you to think I’ve treated this whole thing frivolously.*

It’s been purely factual and serious to this point – the middle of August of 06 BC – if I have to pick a spot on the calendar that’s it. Nobody knows the exact day. And although there is good evidence for this – it could be wrong.  If it is, it doesn’t change anything – God came – Salvation is offered – regardless. And it’s all been, to this point, serious, biblical, theological.

Now things can take a sharp left turn.

Here to the end is for fun conjecture – if you don’t want that. Just stop reading here – stick with the middle of August 06 – and we’ll call it a day. But if you’ve been reading you know my mind has been a bit sleep deprived – and I needed a little fun – so I wrote this next part.

picking a day…

and since any day in this mid August range is as good a guess as the rest it doesn’t matter how I pick it. So here goes the sharp left turn…

We’ll say the 15th is the middle day of August…
and allowing for wiggle room of 5 days either way…
I’m sayin’ Our Lord might share his birthday with…

Amy Adams (Enchanted) (August 20th) *sigh*
John Stamos (Full House) (19th)
Denis Leary (18th) (blech!)
Sean Penn (17th) (Gah!)
Julie Newmar (the original Catwoman) (August 16th)
Napoleon (15th)
Steve Martin (14th)
Annie Oakley (13th)
Cecil B. DeMille (12th)
Hulk Hogen (11th)
Antonio Banderas (August 10th)

I rule out…
because I can…
the 18th, 17th, and 15th…
because I don’t really like those people.

And I’m kind of meh about the people from the 19th, 14th, 13th, and 10th.

Which leaves me with the birthday being on the 11th, 12th, 16th, or 20th of August.

I’m a guy, which means the 11th is hard to rule out, but he’s not the same Hulk Hogan he used to be so he gets the boot. And Cecil B. Demille get’s this close only because of one movie, “The Ten Commandments” – but that’s not good enough to get the honor – so off he goes.

This leaves me with a princess and 16th (*sigh* Amy Adams)


or the 20th and the best Catwoman ever (purrrrrrr Julie Newmar).


But Julie Newmar’s body of work pretty much only includes Batman.
Whereas Amy Adams is a busy little bee…
she sings this song…


So…we have a winner. I’ll go with the princess.

I officially declare the birthday of Jesus to be…

August 16th, 6 BC.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

“So let it be written. So let it be done.”

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

victoria December 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

Craig, this entry in your blog disturbed me. Not because I don’t agree with your findings, I respect that and appreciated the study that went into it. But I still lean toward Rosh Hashanah for reasons I mentioned yesterday and I also find this: “In the 12th chapter of Revelation she is seen clothed in the sun with the moon under her feet, giving birth to the Messiah. This tells us that His birth was on Rosh Hashanah, a time when the constellation Virgo is hidden by the sun and the new moon appears beneath her feet.” to be compelling.
I was disturbed because somehow this entry feels like it had two different authors. One the person of depth I take you to be, and two a person of laity which I see (and love) when I read Laska. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with laity, nothing at all, except it did not feel right here.
For me, it tarnished the gem.
I do hope my opinion does not offend you…it is as I said, just my opinion. I look forward to more of your entries.


Craig December 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Victoria, absolutely no offense taken – none. In fact, I changed the post after your comment to reflect my respect for you. This was written during a time of sleep deprivation – all the research I stand behind – the quick flight into fantasy to pin down “the day” – that was just for fun, and my mind raced in that direction in the state that it was in. But that’s the only part of this that is fanciful – the rest is the result of digging hard, for hours and hours. I should’ve announced that up until a certain point it was based on research – and from that point forward it was all fun. But I didn’t.

I’m sad because this disturbed you, I’m delighted that you told me, and I changed the post because of it. Thank you Victoria – God bless – Merry Christmas – and tomorrow is biblical fiction – but you will heart it I promise.


A. December 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Craig, so glad your ‘easily distracted’ ‘ooooohhh shiny’ took us here!!! :) It all makes sense…up, until, of course, the princess choice and I will allow you that luxury of subjective choice. :)

A., the allower of subjective choices, great and small. :)


Craig December 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

A – that’s exactly what it was – an easily distracted “oooooooh shiny” moment. The middle of August is, in all seriousness, the best date I could come up with. And thank you for allowing my Princess choice. But, that being said, you would’ve chosen a different date from among the options? ツ please, do tell!


A. December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Actually, I am not familiar with that actress, so I was just smiling at how you narrowed things down. If I find a person I admire for that date, I will vote with you on that one. :)


Craig December 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

You mean you never saw Enchanted? For shame!! A surprisingly good movie. And nobody else from the list speaks to you huh?


Layla Payton December 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

Enchanted rocked my socks. Amy Adams is adorable.

Dawn December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Dear Craig,

What fun reading 4 posts at once to catch up after a grueling weekend at work. I loved it all and those who commented–well-versed and sharp as ever. Good community here.



Craig December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

It IS good community here isn’t it. I heart my community here. All smiles on this end with your comment. Thank you Dawn, God Bless, Merry Christmas.


Layla Payton December 21, 2011 at 12:29 am


I was enthralled at the beginning of this and chuckling by the end. I felt like you blended history and humor perfectly. You admitted that your date may be off, and that the important thing is that Jesus DID make His appearance, so I felt your silliness drove home your point…that you may, or may not be correct. Clearly, you put a lot of thought into this post. How you do that on so little sleep is beyond me. Please don’t change who you are. Take advice, change when convicted, but keep your YOUness.


Craig December 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Layla, that’s exactly how I was writing it – enthralled at the beginning – chuckling at the end. All things being said – I think I’m pretty close to right – but all things really being said – it doesn’t matter. And the sleep – without it – maybe that’s good for a little creativity – it’s awfully hard on productivity – but not creativity. I wouldn’t mind a little more balance though.ツ thank you Layla, hope you’re hanging in there, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Michelle December 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

I love this. And I love your writing, whether serious or fun. Have an amazing Christmas if I don’t get my computer turned on again before then (I like to take little holidays from technology and the *now-ness* of it. :-) )


Craig December 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Michelle, thank you, enjoy your holiday from technology – I just have two more posts to write on each site before Christmas. You’ll see them when you come back. God bless you Michelle, happy “other side of the earth” Christmas! ツ


Martha Orlando December 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

I loved reading this, Craig. Your thought process interjected with levity made it just that much more fun to read. And, yes, the exact date doesn’t really matter because He came, but it is nice to take an educated guess.
Merry Christmas, my friend!


Craig December 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I’m glad you got the balance of heavy with funny. But Victoria was right, I needed to add that part in the middle – explaining that the conclusion was sound – but it was time to bring out the cupcakes and ice cream after all the hard work – to come up with the birth date. The post is much better with that in there. I really value the way you guys sharpen me. Merry Christmas Martha.


Debbie December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

As one who just doesn’t have the stuff to dig as deep as you and Victoria – my brain just doesn’t work that way – I’m blessed as you take us on this journey toward Christmas. :) I think Enchanted’s Amy fits in well. 😉 God bless you!


Craig December 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Debbie, I’ll chalk up one more vote for August 16 – you’re right – and Enchanted’s Amy fits well. Catwoman was always a little – well – too… don’t quite have the words for it – but you know. ツ God bless you Debbie. By the way, the bunnies have spoken – there will be no Blissdom this year. it seems that bunnies are nothing if not persistent.


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