It’s commonly claimed and widely accepted that December 25 is merely the date we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and not the actual anniversary of his birth. A bit of often overlooked proof is this passage from Luke Chapter 2:
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Clearly, since they were going to be taxed the birth had to be in mid-April. I assumed that once the taxing was done, on April 15, the ben Jacob family would head home to Nazareth, and so assigned April 15 as the appropriate date for celebrating the Nativity. It turns out that I was wrong. Apparently, despite the lack of comfortable accomodations in Bethlehem, the proud parents to be stayed a couple of extra days and Christ was born on April 17, 6 B.C. According to Michael R. Molnar of Rutgers University:
The second occultation on April 17 coincided precisely when Jupiter was “in the east,” a condition mentioned twice in the biblical account about the Star of Bethlehem. In August of that year Jupiter became stationary and then “went before” through Aries where it became stationary again on December 19, 6 BC. This is when the regal planet “stood over.” – a secondary royal portent also described in the Bible. In particular, there is confirmation from a Roman astrologer that the conditions of April 17, 6 BC were believed to herald the birth of a divine, immortal, and omnipotent person born under the sign of the Jews, which we now know was Aries the Ram.
I checked to see if perhaps the 15th fell on a Saturday in 6 B.C., which would have made taxes due on the 17th. It fell on a Thursday. It is, of course, possible that Joseph didn’t get all the 1099s from his contract jobs and had to file a Form 4868. As long as he paid the taxes on time, a two day extension on the filling would, of course, have been no problem. Automatic, in fact.
It’s also possible that IRS regulations may have changed between the time of Augustus and the (purported) passage of the 16th Amendment. I’m sure someone from the He Who Shall Not Be Named or Pat Paulsen II campaigns could tell us for sure. The real question, of course, is “Does this mean Mike Huckabee will have to pull his latest campaign ad until April?” Huckabee may also want to consider whether supporting the Fair Tax is worth his immortal soul – if going down to Bethlehem to be taxed in mid-April was good enough for Joseph and Mary, isn’t the whole Fair Tax thing a bit sacrilegious? <— Note the irony!!
(Proof of the date by way of a comment on Alan Colmes new blog LiberalLand)
[tags]Christmas,taxes,Huckabee,Ron Paul,Alan Keyes[/tags]