Scripture on dating in the bible
Verse 8 says there were shepherds living out in the fields with their sheep at that time.
Various sources will point out that shepherds around Jerusalem would not stay in the fields past the autumn. For example, according to , Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall.
I suspect that this would be an inferential conclusion, and thus would have to be considered a matter of personal conviction, rather than as a clear biblical prohibition.
One could certainly ask, “If a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever, why would they ever date one? I think one can have a friendship relationship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, without entering into a dating relationship.
25 since the weather would not have permitted” shepherds watching over their flocks in the fields at night.
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.
In King David’s time the priests had been organized to serve at various times—a week at a time from Sabbath to Sabbath starting with the first week in the month Nisan.
We know Jesus Christ was killed at Passover time and that His ministry started when He was around the age of 30 (Luke ).
Putting all of this together makes it most probable that He was born six months before Passover—or sometime in the fall.