We had to dig hard to find Hanukah. Jews simply did not have any festivals for the Winter Solstice. In the northern lands, the end of December is a critical time when the sun almost completely disappears, and, above the Arctic Circle, it does disappear. It is the end of winter, as the sun begins to come back.
So Yule was a holiday in Odinist lands and became our chief holiday more or less naturally. But how can you derive THAT from the Old Testament? December 25 was adopted by Constantine from his Mithraian faith, but that is all any student of “Christian” theology may ever learn about it.
Christmas is a NORTHERN holiday, of no importance in the Middle East where there is little difference between winter and summer. That and the fact that Mount Ararat is as far from the so-called Holy Lands as you get in the old world are the only two facts a “Christian” MAY notice that are not in the Old Testament.
None of the contradictions we always talk about that exist between “science and faith” exist outside the Old Testament. The New Testament is about souls, and, outside of the attempt in Matthew to link Joseph’s ancestry – and Joseph was not Jesus’ father according to Matthew – to ancient kings of Israel – the New Testament contains no cosmology, no declarations that the sun stood still, no demands that Egypt be the origin of all things civilized, nothing of that sort.
Copernicus discovered that the earth revolved around the sun, not vice-versa. But the Copernican System is as discredited as the Genesis System. The Biblical system has the earth as the fixed center of the universe. The Copernican System declared, with equal infallibility, that the sun was the fixed center of the universe. It is completely impossible to make sense of the universe using either the biblical or the Copernican System.
No one notices that mankind originally came down from Ararat, of all places. No one notices that Christmas could not possibly have come out of JEWISH thought. What we have is what I call the Jewpernican System. For “Christian,” Moslem, Jew or Marxist, all history goes back to the Middle East. For rabbis and preachers, all morality goes back to the Jews. For anti-Semites, the earth revolves around the Jews as much if not more than it does for rabbis.
Now let’s get back to discussing what the Bible, aka, the Old Testament, says.