I recently noticed that Pro-Choicers, who are very good at thinking like lawyers, have been using verses from the OT to support their cause. According to them, God does not consider an unborn a legal human until birth. For example, 2 Kings 8:12 states,
12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
The punishment of the Babylonians is told in Isaiah 13:18, never mind that the fetus is called “fruit of the womb.”
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
My response to this is that these were time of war, and it was part of the rules of combat. God did not literally say that it was alright to kill a fetus without atonement, only in times of war as his punishment against the enemies of Israel.
Perhaps the most misused verse is Exodus 21:18 from the RSV version of the Bible. It states,
22 “When men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no harm follows, the one who hurt her shall[b]be fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
But, the older King James translation specifically notes that the woman was injured, but the baby was born without “mischief.” Of course, this is not noted by the Pro-Choicers. In fact, the NRSV has changed the wording of the verse to indicate that the baby was safely born. The KJV verse states,
22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
I’m not even going to blog about the importance of the Annunciation to Mary in the NT to the Catholic Church. Early on in Church history, the pregnant Mary was revered. This is not only scene in the Catholic Church, but all Christian Churches. Because of this, I have always wondered why Mary, pregnant with child, traveled to the town of Bethlehem when she was so close to delivery. Luke mentions that Caesar Augustus issued a degree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman Empire. This required everyone to register in his town of origin. Matthew gives no account of a Roman census. But, if this were also the time during Passover, it might explain why Mary would travel at such a critical time in her pregnancy. In order to align with the integral idea, Jesus’ birth would have had to occur around Passover during the month of Nissan, and Joseph and Mary would have visited the Temple during the Passover worship. To the Jews, Passover was the most important holiday, and the Temple the most sacred site in Israel.
According to the Bible, the First Temple was built by King Solomon around 957 BCE. Deuteronomy 12:2–27 says that the Temple replaced the Tabernacle in the Sinai Desert constructed by followers of Moses, becoming the sole place of sacrifice in Israel. In 586 BCE, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. In 536 BCE, King Cyrus of Persia ordered the rebuilding of the Temple. Around 20 BCE, during the reign of Herod, the Temple was renovated and expanded, becoming known as Herod’s Temple. In 70 CE, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish War. In 691 CE, after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, a Muslim shrine, the Dome of the Rock, was constructed on the Temple Mount and remains there today.
The Talmud mentions that pregnant women were close enough to the Temple during times of worship that they could smell the sacrifices. In Avot 5:8, it is acknowledged, “Ten miracles were wrought in the Sanctuary: No woman miscarried from the scent of the holy meat, and the holy meat never stank . . . and a man never said to his fellow, “The place is too strait for me to lodge in Jerusalem.”[Hence, according to this passage, even women close to birth had a special place to worship. Never too strait refers to the fact that rooms to stay in were always available. Therefore, women were an important part of Temple worship and had their own place in the Temple.
I believe that all of this shows that Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem mainly because it was the time of Passover. A good Jew was suppose to go to Jerusalem during Passover. Women had their place at the Temple, and pregnant women were there also. According the Talmud, they were protected while there. My blogs are here for you to learn. What you do with this information is your choice. I'm only a messenger. There is ample proof that Jesus was born during Passover, and early forms of Antisemitism crushed this belief. For more on my message read, The Essence of Perfection. The more you help me with my message the more it can get out. It is important to inform the world of Jesus' perfection and to remind people that he was Jewish, and would not approve of the rampant rise in Antisemitism.
1 Rodkinson, New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, 2765.
15 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.