Jesus of Nazareth was not born on December 25th, and we tend to tell the traditional nativity story as if it happened in a historical vacuum.
The Bible never explicitly mentions Jesus? birthdate. Despite this, the actual date of his birth can be discovered, but we have to piece together the biblical, historical, and astronomical evidence to get the correct picture.
The background of the nation of Israel, and the major empires that dominated the history for a thousand years, set the stage for the arrival of the true-born King of Israel.
Christmas carols, Christmas cards, and Christmas pageants color our understanding of these enigmatic wise men from the East. They weren?t kings, and there weren?t only three of them.
Herod the Great was larger than life. He was an accomplished military leader, master builder, and a shrewd politician. He was a contemporary of Augustus Caesar, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra.
Judean archaeoastronomy helps us understand what the Magi saw, as well as determine when Jesus of Nazareth was actually born.
The traditional nativity story is riddled with biblical and historical errors. Correcting these misconceptions reveals new and exciting pictures of what really happened.
As a Roman appointed client king, Herod was despised as illegitimate by his Jewish subjects. Discover why the arrival of the Magi not only threatened Herod, but also the Romans, and the kingdom of Judea.