Earlier this month I alluded to issues with Quirinius’ census, leave it to the guys at Veracity to take an in depth look at this problem. Thanks Clark, David
One of the more problematic issues with the Christmas story is the question of the Census of Quirinius in Luke 2:2. According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, there was indeed a Quirinius who served as governor in Syria starting in 6 A.D., and in that year there was a Roman census during the time of Jesus’ birth by Luke’s testimony. However, then compare this to the infancy narrative in Matthew and try to line it up with the record of Josephus concerning Herod’s death around 4 B.C., which Matthew says is after Jesus’ birth. This gives you about a ten year discrepancy regarding the actual date of the birth of Jesus. Was Jesus born around 6 A.D. according to Luke or before 4 B.C. according to Matthew? What are we to make of this?
We already know that the Christian calendar, which has no year “0”…
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