Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
The birth of our Lord took place at the time and place predicted by the prophets (Gen. 49:10; Isa. 7:14; Jer. 31:15; Mic. 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 (Mt. 2:1, 6; Lk. 2:1, 7
). The exact year or month or day of his birth cannot, however, now be exactly ascertained. We know, however, that it took place in the "fulness of the time" (Gal. 4:4
), i.e., at the fittest time in the world's history. Chronologists are now generally agreed that the year 4 before the Christian era was the year of Christ's nativity, and consequently that he was about four years old in the year 1 A.D.
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