The observance of birth-days was common in early times ( Job 1:4 Job 1:13 Job 1:18 ). They were specially celebrated in the land of Egypt ( Genesis 40:20 ). There is no recorded instance in Scripture of the celebration of birth-days among the Jews. On the occasion of Herod's birth-day John the Baptist was beheaded ( Matthew 14:6 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Birth-day". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".