Now we see how in Luke 1, Mary and Zecharias 'tag' portions of the Book of Zechariah, to show fulfillment of Messiah's Chanukah Birth prophecy. This video is in tandem with the Magnificat Meter of Time playlist, here: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8E0CA478D2DE276F . This video also follows on 20b Synoptic, here: youtube.com/watch?v=V1CxyF67xFk&list=PL97D4FC19559B634B&index=21 . Future Synoptics videos will only be in the 'synoptics' channel, here in vimeo. I won't be posting to Youtube, anymore (due to their invasive Google Plus policy).
Video was originally made 3/26/12, but I forgot to post it until now. So what I say in this video, predated the last episode in the Magnificat playlist.
This long Episode 21, thus shows how deftly both Zecharias and Mary before him, 'tag' Zechariah's book to explain the Pentecost birth of John, heralding the Chanukah Birth of Christ. In between, we see Song of Moses (Deut 32) and Haggai 2 referenced via Zechariah, including the prophecy of Esther. Sorry it's so long, but I had to post this in one 'go'.
Point is, no sane reader could miss the Chanukah Birthdate of Christ, given all these deft keyword ties by Mary and Zecharias in Luke 1. EVERY scholar knows that Luke's Greek style is 'finesse', meaning soft, wry wit. He likes you to slowly get the point, and smile. So he doesn't 'explain', but rather merely QUOTES them. For his readers at the time, that's all he HAD to do.
That we don't know Christ's CHANUKAH birth, therefore means we didn't do our homework IN BIBLE. For centuries.
On a positive note, the Catholic designation of December 25 for Christmas, is apt. Those saying the Catholics picked a pagan holiday, are proven wrong. For Chanukah COINCIDED with the pagan holiday of the Saturnalia, which Paul himself jokes about, in Galatians 4:4 (you can't see the joke in English, Greek Chronos=Roman Saturn). So pity all those holier-than-thou Christians who trumpet against the RCC on this topic. THEY TOO, did not do their Bible homework!
Really sad, what hypocrites we Christians are. We don't even bother to STUDY BIBLE, to get his Birth and Death dates correct. For centuries.
See 1 Synoptic for playlist description. See brainout.net/PassPlot.htm for a comprehensive review of the Divine Timing of Christ's Birth and Death, pan-Bible.