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Author: Selden, John, 1584-1654.
Title: Theanthropos: or, God made man.: A tract proving the nativity of our Saviour to be on the 25. of December. / By John Selden, that eminently-learned antiquary, late of the Inner-Temple.
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library
2012 November (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: Theanthropos: or, God made man.: A tract proving the nativity of our Saviour to be on the 25. of December. / By John Selden, that eminently-learned antiquary, late of the Inner-Temple.
Selden, John, 1584-1654., Chantry, John, engraver. d. 1662?,

London: Printed by J.G. for Nathaniel Brooks at the Angel in Corn-hill, 1661.
Subject terms:
Jesus Christ -- Date of birth
Jesus Christ -- Nativity

title page
The Contents of this Tract.
Of the Birth-day of our SAVIOUR. Briefly, of the Anniversary Celebration of Birth-dayes: The state of the Question, and this Discourse digested into parts.
SECT. I. The Authorities of keeping it on this day both in the Eastern and Western Churches about 400. years after our Saviour; and that then it was ancient in the Western Church, and known also under the name of the Winter-Solstice-day; which is especially here observable.
SECT. II. For preparation of more particular proof of the Tradition of this Feast-day, the supposition which the most Primitive Ages had touching the time of the Solstices and Aequinoxes.
SECT. III. That the keeping of it this day was so receiv'd from tradition, even of the eldest times since our Savi∣our; and this justified from the Fathers, sup∣posing it to have been on the very day of the an∣cient Winter-solstice.
SECT. IV. Expresse testimonies to the same purpose out of ancient History, and a Confirmation from the general use in the severall Churches of Chri∣stendom.
SECT. V. The common Reasons used out of the holy Text to justifie this day, and how they are mistaken, and therefore not used here; together with what some would prove from the Scheme of his Nativity.
SECT. VII. The chief Objections that are made against this dayes being the true time of the birth, with plain Answers to them.
SECT. VIII. Some other opinions among the ancients touch∣ing it, and how some of them may agree with what we have received, and the rest are of no weight against it; and there more especially of the ancient confusion of this Feast with that of the Epiphany.
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