Jesus (7–2 BC to 30–33 AD) is the central figure of Christianity,
whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of
God and the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament. Virtually all modern
scholars of antiquity agree that a historical Jesus existed, although
there is little agreement on the reliability of the gospel narratives
and how closely the biblical Jesus reflects the historical Jesus. Most
scholars agree that Jesus was a Jewish preacher from Galilee, was
baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the
orders of the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate. Christians believe that
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed
miracles, founded the Church, died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to
achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from
which he will return. The great majority of Christians worship Jesus as
the incarnation of God the Son, the second of three Persons of a Divine
Trinity. A few Christian groups reject Trinitarianism, wholly or partly,
as non-scriptural. In Islam, Jesus is considered one of God's important
prophets and the Messiah.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror was crowned King of
England at Westminster Abbey, although he still faced rebellions over
the following years and was not secure on his throne until after 1072.
American physician Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first
removal of an ovarian tumor.
The Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng, a revolutionary socialist
political party that sought Vietnamese independence from French colonial
rule, was formed in Hanoi.
In a nationally televised speech, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as
President of the Soviet Union.
The 19th-century St Mel's Cathedral in Longford, considered the
"flagship cathedral" of the Irish midlands, was destroyed by fire.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To go from house to house at Christmastime, singing carols.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of
the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the
angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall
be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men. ￼￼
--Gospel of Luke
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