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I saw in a popular book a suggestion that Avraham was born on Rosh Chodesh Tevet. Does anyone have any backing sources for this?

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    See Gemara Rosh Hashana 11a: R' Eliezer holds he was born in Tishri, R' Yehoshua holds he was born in Nissan. (Exact dates not given) – Meh Mar 26 '15 at 22:09
  • From Bereshit 17:26, Rashi seems to suggest that Avraham Avinu and Ishmael had the same birthday. בעצם היום הזה. שֶׁמָּלְאוּ לְאַבְרָהָם צ"ט שָׁנָה וּלְיִשְׁמָעֵאל י"ג שָׁנִים נמול אברהם וישמעאל בנו: – Eli83 Oct 26 '18 at 19:17
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This page (it is too much to simply copy and paste) speaks of the medrashic concept that the righteous die on their birthdays [scroll down to citation 27 in the text]. As such, acknowledging that Avraham Avinu was righteous, and the gemara mentions possibilities for the Yahrzeit:

Avraham Avinu (2124 - 1638 B.C.E.:), according to some sources (Bava Basra 91a). [According to others, Avrohom Avinu's Yartzeit is 1 Tishrei, or Nissan [Moed Katan 28a].

one could work backwards and derive a birthday commensurate with the death date one accepts.


This answer deals with the sources for the yahrzeit as well.

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    I'm not seeing any mention of the date of Avraham's passing in Bava Batra 91a. Your source appears to be unreliable. – Meh Mar 26 '15 at 22:07

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