Paper 122: Birth and Infancy of Jesus/ /Midwayer Commission

Paper 121          Paper 123

Fellowship Map: The Urantia Book’s First Century Palestine
Fellowship Map: Roman Political Administrative Regions, First Century Palestine
Foundation Map: August, 7 B.C. to October, 4 B.C.
Foundation Map: October 4, 4 B.C. to June 3, 3 A.D.
Foundation Map: August 21, 7 A.D. to August 21, 10 A.D.

Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

Wm. Arnold Stevens and Ernest Dewitt Burton, A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study: An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904, 1932) copy.

David Smith, M.A., D.D., Our Lord’s Earthly Life (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1925)

George A. Barton, Ph.D., LL.D., Jesus of Nazareth: A Biography (New York, The Macmillan Company, 1922) Hathi Trust Digital Library copyWikipedia page: Barton.

George Adam Smith, D.D., LL.D., Litt.D., Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1915) Hathi Trust Digital Library copyWikipedia page: Smith.

For Biblical cross-references for all Sections: click here.


p1Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”

Section 1: Joseph and Mary

p1Andon etymology:  The one who (A) is the first and original (an) human leader (don). Andon was the first male human being.
By Chris Halvorson: “the first (an) true human man (don).”

Fonta etymology: The specific (F) source or wellspring (font) expressed in an original and/or archetypal manner (a).
By Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) source (font) [for true human offspring]” “-a = L. noun suffix (first declension, nominative) = U.B., general noun suffix, used to indicate the additional specific meanings of the coined name”

p1,3: common people See subtopic: “Were the Alpheus twins subnormal?” For the larger context into which this study falls, see the Topical Study page: Eugenics and Race.

p2Ratta etymology by Halbert Katzen: The one whose reasoned need for a special ratio (Rat) was, thankfully (ta), realized.  Ratta had calculated/reasoned to not have children unless she could find another pure Nodite. The special ratio and ratios of her genetics with Adamson’s genetics produced the secondary midwayers.
ratio: 1630s, “reason, rationale,” from L. ratio “reckoning, calculation, business affair, procedure,” also “reason,” from rat-, pp. stem of reri “to reckon, calculate,” also “think” (see reason). Mathematical sense is attested from 1660.”
rational: late 14c., “pertaining to reason;” mid-15c., “endowed with reason,” from L. rationalis “of or belonging to reason, reasonable,” from ratio (gen. rationis) “reckoning, calculation, reason”
ta: A slang word for “Thanks.” The word is a result of the heavy Danish influence on the English language. Most people do not realize that the English language roots are really Danish or Jutland. Equipped with this knowledge this word is easy to decipher.
The Danish word for Thanks is tak. In Scotland and upper England it was common to drop the k at the end because of the way words were pronounced during the time of old English and Middle English. Hence the slang word “Ta” which should actually be pronounced “TA-k” but over time became “Ta” is really Tak meaning “Thanks”


Section 2: Gabriel Appears to Elizabeth

p6metric conversion: “. . . City of Judah, 6.4 km west of Jerusalem . . .”

p7: “Adding the weekday, that date [of John the Baptist’s birth] is Friday, March 25, 7 B.C. Interestingly, John was born on the day that many people considered to be the New Year’s Day. In that sense, his birth literally heralded the dawn of the year that Jesus was born.” –Chris Halvorson, from the 122:8.1 link below.


p1: Gabriel’s visit to Mary very close to nine months before Jesus’ birth. See potential is always supreme over the actual: (102:5.1). See embryo: (111:3.2), (112:5.4). See in existence nine months b/f birth: (103:2.1). See abortion/infanticide: (68:6.9).

Section 3: Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary

p1Speak not of this matter: Note that no such warning was given by Gabriel to Elizabeth — perhaps because John’s life would not be risked or for other reasons.

p4See Topical Study page: Abortion and resurrection for the unborn.


Section 4: Joseph’s Dream

p1now reigns on high: I.e. Immanuel, Michael’s elder brother.


Section 5: Jesus’ Earth Parents

p5brown-eyed is used once.


p5blond appears in two other paragraphs: 79:1.8 , 80:9.2.

Section 6: The Home at Nazareth

UB readers Stephen Shanahan and Martin McBurney seem to have discovered the site of Jesus’ home and tomb. Here’s an excerpt from a book by Joanna Kujawa about the discovery, Jerusalem Diary: Searching For The Tomb And House Of Jesus.


Section 7: The Trip to Bethlehem

p1: From Wikipedia: Res Gestae Divi Augusti (Eng. The Deeds of the Divine Augustus) is the funerary inscription of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, giving a first-person record of his life and accomplishments.[1] The Res Gestae is especially significant because it gives an insight into the image Augustus portrayed to the Roman people. Various portions of the Res Gestae have been found in modern Turkey. The inscription itself is a monument to the establishment of the Julio-Claudian dynasty that was to follow Augustus.

Excerpt: 8. When I was consul the fifth time (29 B.C.E.), I increased the number of patricians by order of the people and senate. I read the roll of the senate three times, and in my sixth consulate (28 B.C.E.) I made a census of the people with Marcus Agrippa as my colleague. I conducted a lustrum, after a forty-one year gap, in which lustrum were counted 4,063,000 heads of Roman citizens. Then again, with consular imperium I conducted a lustrum alone when Gaius Censorinus and Gaius Asinius were consuls (8 B.C.E.), in which lustrum were counted 4,233,000 heads of Roman citizens. And the third time, with consular imperium, I conducted a lustrum with my son Tiberius Caesar as colleague, when Sextus Pompeius and Sextus Appuleius were consuls (14 A.C.E.), in which lustrum were counted 4,937,000 of the heads of Roman citizens. By new laws passed with my sponsorship, I restored many traditions of the ancestors, which were falling into disuse in our age, and myself I handed on precedents of many things to be imitated in later generations.

Comment by Stefan Tallqvist from facebook: “A clarification of the text by Augustus: “The Deeds of the Divine Augustus” recorded and preserved on the temple in Ankara, formerly known as Ancyra and Angora, the capital of the Republic of Turkey: “A second time, (36) in the consulship of Gaius Censorinus and Gaius Asinius, I again performed the lustrum alone, with the consular imperium.” The Editor’s Notes (36) refers to the year 8 B.C. when Gaius Asinius was a Roman Senator. The Urantia Book: “Throughout all the Roman Empire this census was registered in the year 8 B.C., …”
(Roman census: “I performed the lustrum”)


Section 8: The Birth of Jesus

p1See Chris Halvorson’s paper, When Is Jesus’ Birthday, for an explanation of why August 21st, 7 B.C. was a Sunday and to learn the day of the week for other B.C. dates in The Urantia Book.

See a YouTube video explaining that the Bible has enough clues to put Jesus’ birthday right at about August 21st.

p7Occasionally, new computer models and calculations are used to re-affirm the dates of the  Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in 7 B.C. The questions of where exactly to pinpoint a conjunction and which time zone demarcates one day from the next is not directly addressed in The Urantia Book. The lack of specificity limits the ability to do exact comparisons with both contemporary studies and the historical record. Speculations about the conjunctions being associated with the Bethlehem Star go back at least as far as 1606, when Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician and astronomer, suggested the theory.


Section 9: The Presentation in the Temple


Section 10: Herod Acts



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