"A truly comprehensive reading of all of the calendars, time lines, church chronologies, and other materials that provide the evidence for dating the birth of our Lord."
—Charles J. Scalise, Professor of Church History, Fuller Theological Seminary
The most important events in human history—the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—are celebrated by Christians every year. But are we celebrating at the appropriate times? Have we lost the true understanding of these events?
Dr. Steven L. Ware's new book When Was Jesus Really Born? offers an in-depth look into these events and how the early Christians observed special dates in the Church. In the following interview, Dr. Ware discusses the dates of Christmas and Easter and explains how the Church actually supports scientific timekeeping.
Some people today claim that December 25 is an arbitrary date, not actually when Jesus was born. How does your book help address this claim?
The date of Easter changes every year. How does your book explain this?
What benefit can students take away from this book?
Dr. Steven L. Ware is Professor of Historical Theology at Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City and Nyack, NY.