Nativity of Jesus

birth of Jesus

The nativity of Jesus, nativity of Christ, birth of Jesus or birth of Christ is mentioned in the biblical gospels of Luke and Matthew.

The two gospel both say that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judaea and that his birth was caused by divine intervention.[1] In Contra Celsum 1.51, Origen, who travelled throughout Palestine beginning in around 215, wrote of the "manger of Jesus".[2]

The date of birth for Jesus of Nazareth is not said in the gospels or in any secular text, but a majority of scholars believe that a date between 6 BC and 4 BC is most likely.[3]


  1. Taylor, Joan E. (1993). Christians and the Holy Places: The Myth of Jewish-Christian Origins. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-0-19-814785-5.
  2. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible 2000 ISBN 90-5356-503-5 p. 173
  3. Dunn, James DG (2003). "Jesus Remembered". Eerdmans Publishing: 324. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)