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  • Once More: Quirinius's Census

    issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) (Luke 2:1–2, NIV) Luke’s brief attempt to situate Jesus’ birth chronologically continues to be...
  • Josephus (not Luke) Misdated Quirinius's Census

    John Rhoads argues in a recent article that it was Josephus, not Luke, who misdated Quirinius's census. Jared Compton offers a brief review of Rhoads' thesis. John Rhoads argues in a recent article (off-site link) that it was Josephus, not Luke, who...
  • Book Review: From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology: Part II

    Christ’s birth and the visit of the Magi, and the exegetical and historical issues related to the census associated with Quirinius. For the regnal years of Herod and the time of his death, FATP presents the scholarship of Filmer, Hoehner, and others...
  • Pinpointing the Date of Christ's Birth

    of Jesus taking place around 6 BC . Thus, the date of Herod’s death sets the stage for the workable options. The Census of Quirinius Since Luke 2:2 tells us that Mary and Joseph were forced to go to Bethlehem for a census at the time Jesus was born,...
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  • A Brief Comment on the Census in Luke 2

    Apamea on the Orontes in Syria. The autonomy of this city-state is shown by the fact that it minted its own coins, yet Quirinius himself had a census taken there. A gravestone found in Venice carries the inscription of a Roman officer named Q. Aemilius...
  • What was the "Fifteenth Year of Tiberius"?

    the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas.” Annas (or “Ananus” as Josephus calls him) had been appointed high priest by Quirinius in the year A.D. 6, and was deposed by Valerius Gratus, about A.D. 15. But though deposed, he remained for a long time the...
  • Christmas Reflections

    for the Greek god Zeus), sacrificing a pig on the altar in the Temple and proclaiming himself to be a god... Once More: Quirinius's Census For those of us with a high view of Scripture, the fact that Luke's record is indeed part of Scripture suggests...
  • When Did Herod the Great Die? Part 2

    Richard Carrier leveled a devastating critique at Beyer’s thesis ( , the section on “Was Herod Alive in 2 B.C.?”): Beyer examined only manuscripts in the British Museum and the Library...

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