St. Luke records that when Jesus was born an angel of the Lord directed a group of shepherds to go find him.
Luke introduces this group of shepherds by saying:
And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night [Luke 2:8].
This has led to a common argument that Jesus couldn’t have been born on December 25th.
Why? Because it was supposedly too cold for the shepherds to be pasturing their flocks at night in late December.
Is this true?
Not on your life.
Sheep definitely were pastured in the vicinity of Bethlehem. Luke is correct about that. In fact, they are pastured there today.
There are even two fields (one...READ MORE