Bible verse dating
Matthew 2 also tells us that Herod (the Great) was still king immediately after Christ’s birth. C., and some records indicate Quirinius was ruling in 4 B.C., we believe Christ was probably born in late September of 4 Although it’s difficult to determine the first time anyone celebrated Dec.
Also, Jesus’ parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4).
So Jesus Christ was six months younger than John the Baptist—meaning He probably would have been born in late September when Jerusalem was crowded with people coming to observe the autumn feasts.
This would explain why there was no room for Joseph and Mary at the normal hotels or “inns” near Jerusalem (Luke 2:7tells us Jesus Christ was born during Caesar Augustus’ reign at the time of the first census when Quirinius was governor.
Putting all of this together makes it most probable that He was born six months before Passover—or sometime in the fall.
An autumn birth is also substantiated, and in fact more positively proven, by the timing of the birth of John the Baptist. John the Baptist’s father, Zacharias, was a priest of the order of Abijah.