LDS Doctrine

Episode 13: When Was Jesus Born? – Jeffrey R. Chadwick

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? Was it just a random date chosen by the early Christian fathers or is there more to it? Dr. Chadwick, an archaeologist and Herodian scholar, became interested in this question and thinks he has found an answer.

Using Matthew, Luke, the Book of Mormon, and historical clues, he comes up with what he thinks to be a pretty sound theory on the dating of the birth of Christ. As he shares his research, we discuss old Jerusalem and LDS thought on the topic from Elders James Talmage, Reuben J. Clark, and Bruce R. McConkie.

Join us in this fascinating discussion that brings into question how to approach scripture. Can it accurately pinpoint historical events? Listen in and let us know what you think. Download Transcript

Extra Resources:

Episode 13 Transcripts

“Dating the Birth of Jesus Christ” (free)

“When was Jesus Born? A Response to a Recent Proposal” (free)

“How December 25 Became Christmas” (free)

“Stone Manger – The Untold Story of Christmas”

Dating the Death of Christ

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