What time of the year was John the Baptist born?

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The Bible doesn’t mention the time of year when John the Baptist was born. However, the ancient Alexandrian church is said to have celebrated this event on the 23rd of April. The fact that this date is based on a very early tradition, there may be reason to think that it represents at least the approximate time of year when his birth took place.

The church in Alexandria later on altered the date of the holiday to June 24—a date randomly set so as to be six months from December 25—in order to be in harmony with the practice of the Greek and Latin churches.

With April 23 as the possible date for the birth of John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus would have been about October 19 (Matt. 2:1).

It should be stressed that this calculation is founded only on an ancient tradition whose merit and credibility are not verified.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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