What is the first verse indicating Jesus’ date of birth? What is its importance?
Ezra 7: 8-10.
8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
9 For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him.
10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7: 8-10)
Fifth month in Nisan Calendar is Av.
|2||אִיָּר / אייר||ʼIyyār|
|3||סִיוָן / סיוון||Sīwān|
|8||מַרְחֶשְׁוָן / מרחשוון||Marħešwān|
|9||כִּסְלֵו / כסליו||Kislēw|
|12||אֲדָר / אֲדָר ב׳||ʼĂḏār|
This verse indicates that the course of priests referred to in Luke 1: 5 began at Av, although it does not mention the date. It, then, refutes an assumption that the course began at Nisan.
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