books, history December 25, 2018 Exact date for the Census of Quirinius and JESUS Posted by in Facebook's Pentecostal Theology Group View the Original Post Previous articleMerry Christmas from all of us Next articleA very different Christmas… 6 Comments Reply December 25, 2018 Troy Day The first mention of the December 25th date comes during the age of the martyrs. Bishop Hippolytus of Rome ( c. 170 AD – c. 235 AD) wrote a commentary on the Book of Daniel sometime around 202 AD in which he claimed: “The first coming of our Lord, that in the flesh, in which he was born at Bethlehem, took place eight days before the Kalends of January, a Wednesday, in the forty-second year of the reign of Augustus, 5500 years from Adam.” This puts the birth of Christ at December 25th, 2 BC. Julius Sextus Africanus claimed the same date in his Chronographiai, which was written around the same time as Hippolytus. Defamers of the December 25th date often suggest that Christians selected their date for Christ’s birth out of jealousy for the celebration of Saturnalia, a pagan festival which occurred around the same time. Had the December 25th date arisen in the fourth or fifth centuries, this argument might hold a little water. But consider for a moment that when Hippolytus and Africanus wrote, Christians were being persecuted by the Roman state. Hippolytus was ultimately martyred for Christ. The love which underwrites martyrdom is a love which cannot be tempted by the things of this earth. Is it reasonable to claim that this same Hippolytus was looking longingly at the things of the same Roman state which would ultimately slaughter him? Reply December 25, 2018 Troy Day non takers all day long yet? Link Hudson Tom Steele Reply December 25, 2018 Link Hudson Christmas is extremely busy for some of us. Reply December 25, 2018 Ray E Horton Interesting point that challenges the many detractors that I see here on FB. Reply December 25, 2018 Troy Day Ray E Horton I saw your post Feel free to post it as a comment so we can talk about it IMO The first non-Christian to claim December 25th was originally a celebration of Sol Invictus was Julian the Apostate. In the Hymn to King Helios, delivered in 362, Julian claimed that the December 25th date for celebrating Sol Invictus was instituted by none other than Numa Pompilius (8th c. BC), the mythical second king of Rome. The passage in question (section 155, which can be found here) is a remarkable work of rhetorical sleight-of-hand and historical revisionism, and really needs to be read to be believed. I would encourage you to read further on the matter, but suffice to say for now that claiming the Romans had commemorated the goodness of Sol on December 25th since Numa is roughly equivalent to a US president claiming Americans had been celebrating their freedom from Britain on July 4th since the time of Christopher Columbus. Reply December 25, 2018 Ray E Horton Yeah! Quite the contradiction. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Cancel reply Comment Name Email Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.