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Nativity of Christ
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The birth of Jesus at the time and place predicted by the prophets (Gen 49:10; Isa 7:14; Jer 31:15; Micah 5:2; Hag 2:6–9; Dan 9:24, 25). Joseph and Mary went up to Bethlehem at this period, and Jesus was born there (Matt. 2:1, 6; Luke 2:1, 7). It took place in the “fullness of the time” (Gal. 4:4), which can be taken to mean the fittest time in the world’s history. The year of Christ’s nativity was likely no later than 4 bc, making him about four years old in ad 1. For more information, see these articles: Jesus Christ; Jesus, Historical, Quest for.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jesus, Nativity of
Jesus, Nativity of The birth of Jesus at the time and place predicted by the prophets (Gen 49:10; Isa 7:14; Jer 31:15; Micah 5:2; Hag 2:6–9; Dan 9:24, 25). Joseph and Mary went up to Bethlehem at this period, and Jesus was born there (Matt. 2:1, 6; Luke 2:1, 7). It took place in the “fullness of the
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Birth of Jesus
Birth of jesusThe examination of the birth of Jesus requires an extensive study of various aspects of the birth Narratives found in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–2.1. Genre and Sources of the Birth Narratives2. Theological and Redactional Emphases in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–23. Use of OT Prophecy in the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Nativity of Christ
Nativity of ChristThe birth of our Lord took place at the time and place predicted by the prophets (Gen. 49:10; Isa. 7:14; Jer. 31:15; Micah 5:2; Hag. 2:6–9; Dan. 9:24, 25). Joseph and Mary were providentially led to go up to Bethlehem at this period, and there Christ was born (Matt. 2:1, 6; Luke 2:1,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Nativity of Christ
Nativity of Christ“Immanuel … God with us” (Mt 1:23 NIV) is the motif that permeates the accounts of Christ’s nativity: God becomes a common man; the transcendent becomes immanent. The most beautiful story ever told is highlighted by the wonder of the incarnation, the union of the divine and the human.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Nativity
Nativity (The) means Christmas Day, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.The Cave of the Nativity is under the chancel of the “church of the Nativity.” In the recess, a few feet above the ground is a stone slab with a star cut in it, to mark the spot where the Saviour was born. Near it is a hollow
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Nativity
NativityThe birth of Jesus; literary sources: Mt. 1:18–25; Lk. 2:1–7; Protevangelium of James 18.1ff. (NTApoc 1:433); Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew 13–14. The birth narrative is a distinct entity and must be distinguished from its sequel, the adoration of the infant Jesus (Mt. 2:1–12 par.). In early Christian
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Nativity Iconography
NATIVITY (iconography). In the earlierst depictions of the Nativity, the majesty of the newborn, rather than his poverty, is emphasized (Testini, Giuseppe, 313f.). In the 1st half of the 4th c., in the atmosphere of triumph created by the peace of the church, the oldest scenes illustrating OT prophecies
Nativity, Feast of The
NATIVITY, Feast of the. Similarly to other comparable feasts (6 or 10 Jan, 18 Nov, 28 March), in *Rome the tradition developed of keeping the feast of Christmas on 25 Dec; this dates to ca. 336, though it is mentioned for the first time in the *Chronography of 354. The Roman calendar indicates for 25
Key passages
Mt 1:18–25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in this way. His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So Joseph her husband, being righteous and not wanting to disgrace her, intended to divorce …

Lk 2:1–21

Now it happened that in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire. (This first registration took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to be registered, each one to his own town. So Joseph also went up from …