And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
Think on this.
Jesus was probably not born on December 25th or the equivalent day in the month of Kislev.
Some point to His birth in Tishrei (Sept/Oct) and on the Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacle.
This Feast begins on Tishrei 15th and continues for 7 days. The Hebrews build booths (tabernacles) called a sukkah at their home and eat meals in it throughout the festival.
Part of the tradition is each night a guest appointed by God arrives at the sukkah. The guests each night include Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David.
Shepherds would still inhabit the fields and keep watch over their flock at night. Something they would not do in Kislvev (Dec).
If Jesus was born during Sukkot, then Tishrei 21 is a most appropriate time, and He arrives in the Davidic guest. He is in the lineage of King David.
It is likely that the shepherds around Migdal Edar (tower of the flock) just a mile north of Bethlehem had constructed sukkah’s for Sukkot. It is just as likely seeing there was no room at the inn (or anyplace else) that the couple found themselves traveling back to Jerusalem to look for lodging but only made it a mile before Mary went into labor. They stop at the only shelter available, the sukkah at Migdal Edar.
Next time I’ll take a closer look at Migdal Edar and the fulfillment of the timeline, now that we have one.