In a message dated 97-10-03 10:31:16 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< The shepherds had their sheep out on the hillsides, right? So there
was something there for them to eat, right? Duh! Even a moderately
intelligent first-grader can figure that one out.
Point of order--sheep on the hillside did have something to eat, even in
winter-- Israel is about on the same latitude as Jacksonville, Florida.
There is no snow, green stuff grows year around! So that argument won't
help figure out when that birth occured. Sorry.