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False Myth: Too cold for Shepherds in December

Many claim that the Gospel of Luke proves that Jesus was not born in December because it is too cold for shepherds to be abiding in the fields in December. This claim is then used to not only discredit Christmas but to further claim that Christmas is derived from a pagan festival.

A previous article: MYTH: Too cold for shepherds to Tend Flocks in December demonstrated that the claim of being too cold for shepherds is unfounded.

The article below further demonstrates that the historical record of men who actually studied sheep herding in Biblical lands recorded that shepherds would have been abiding in the fields in December. It is well known that the "rainy" season includes December and that is when the fields referenced in the Gospel of Luke would have had grass for the sheep to feed on.

So once again the claim that it was too cold for the shepherds is nothing but a false myth. The Truth does not present any facts concerning temperatures that would invalidate the date on which the birth of Our Lord and Saviour is and has been celebrated.

To the contrary the increase in plant growth associated with the increase in rain fall would inicate that it is more likely that the shepherds would have been in the fields with their flocks in December than in the summer or early fall as some claim. Due to the large number of animals used in the Temple for offerings these would have been larger than average flocks - thus requiring that they follow available grazing opportunities.

So much of the uproar about December being too cold demonstrates such a lack of research that the motive or purpose is doubtful. If it is intended to discredit the Bible, God's Word, then it is obviously not of God. That should give you a strong hint as to its source!

 

HISTORICAL RECORD: Shepherds were in the field - in December

Luke 2:8

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

The following is extracted from the obituary of Cannon H. B. Tristram:

Canon H. B. Tristram, F.R.S.

This well-known traveller, whose writings have done much to popularize a knowledge of Palestine and other countries of the Nearer East, died at Durham on March 8 1906, at the ripe age of eighty-three years.

In 1856, being compelled by ill health to winter in a more southern climate, he went to Algeria, and there undertook the first of the many journeys which made him known to the public as a traveller. Quickly benefiting by the change of climate, he made many excursions into the interior, where full scope was given to his fondness for natural history and love of adventure, his wanderings leading him beyond the mountains to the northern borders of the Sahara. To this region, where French influence was then only beginning its forward advance, he devoted the whole of a second winter in the south, traversing districts hardly known to Europeans, and never before visited by an Englishman. In particular, he made the acquaintance of that interesting people the Beni Mzab, of whom he gave a striking account in the narrative of his journeys published in 1860. In this year he became Master of Greatham Hospital and Vicar of Greatham, which he continued to be until he removed to Durham in 1873. It was during this interval that he carried out his most extended journeys in Palestine and neighbouring countries, their outcome being his well-known works entitled 'The Land of Israel,' in which he gave an interesting account of the physical aspects of the Bible lauds, and 'The Land of Moab,' which described the discovery and identification of several important historical sites in the lands east of the Jordan.

Years ago, in large volumes entitled Picturesque Palestine, the much-traveled Canon H. B. Tristram, who had made frequent visits to Palestine, wrote as follows (Vol. I, page 124):

"A little knoll of olive trees surrounding a group of ruins marks the traditional site of the angels' appearance to the shepherds, Migdol Eder, 'the tower of the flock'. But the place where the first 'Gloria in excelsis' was sung was probably further east, where the bare hills of the wilderness begin, and a large tract is claimed by the Bethlehemites as a common pasturage. Here the sheep would be too far off to be led into the town at night; and exposed to the attacks of wild beasts from the eastern ravines, where the wolf and the jackal still prowl, and where of old the yet more formidable lion and bear had their covert, they needed the shepherds' watchful care during the winter and spring months, when alone pasturage is to be found on these bleak uplands". (Italics supplied).

Here an authority of no mean standing tells us that in the dry summer season the hills are well-nigh bare, affording insufficient pasture, so the shepherds then normally keep their sheep near the town and enfold them at night. But when the winter rains fall, the hills become clothed with grass, and the shepherds, knowing this, take their sheep further a field. Then, because it would make the sheep walk too far to reach the folds every evening, expending energy needlessly, they simply watch their flocks in the fields all night. This seems to be precisely what the evangelist Luke describes:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:8). The shepherds were not in the town; the flock was not in a fold in or near the town. They were afar in 'the field' or common pasturage. The sheep were taken there only in the winter, when the winter rains brought forth grass on the hills."

Once again, the claim that it was too cold for shepherds to be abiding in the fields in December is shown have no basis. In fact the historical record shows exactly the opposite: the shepherds would have been abiding in the fields in December with their flocks.

Source: This article is from http://Jesus-ReasonForSeason.com A website that will address many of the ever increasing claims that not only Christmas but many parts of the Bible are either false or influenced by heathen or pagan rites.

 

 

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