Christian dating a non virgin
In the light of this prophecy, John's gospel specifically remarks that his followers were surprised that he was not born in Bethlehem: 'Others say, This is the Christ. Hath not the scripture said, That Christ shall cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?'Matthew and Luke handle the problem differently, by deciding that Jesus must have been born in Bethlehem after all. Matthew has Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem all along, moving to Nazareth only long after the birth of Jesus [...].Luke, by contrast, acknowledges that Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth before Jesus was born.So how to get them to Bethlehem at the crucial moment, in order to fulfil the prophecy? Wilson in Jesus and Robin Lane Fox in The Unauthorized Version (among others) have pointed out.Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." class="Subtle" href=" -23.Matthew wrote this seventy years after Jesus Christ was born (35-40 years after he died).
Luke was clearly wrong about the census, the reasons for Joseph and Mary being in Bethlehem, and wrong on his opinion that Jesus' birth was of a virgin.
These facts have led some scholars to cast doubt on Jesus's entire existence.
It seems highly likely that Luke, when writing of the events that surrounded Jesus' birth, was thinking of the famous Roman myth (that was around well before the Jesus' myth) of Romulus and Remus - who also were born by a virgin, and also had a king ordering the slaughter of all the other children in the same area.
[...] Moreover, Luke screws up his dating by tactlessly mentioning events that historians are capable of independently checking.
There was indeed a census under Governor Quirinius - a local census, not one decreed by Caesar Augustus for the Empire as a whole - but it happened too late: in History does not support Luke's Christmas story about a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world was required to go to their place of origin to be "taxed" (King James Version) or "enrolled" (Revised Standard Version).