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The Census and Quirinius: Luke 2:2
Faculty Publications and Presentations
  • Wayne Brindle, Liberty University
Publication Date
3-1-1984
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Published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 27 no 1 Mr 1984, p 43-52.
Abstract
The article shows that the statement in Luke 2:2 concerning the census of Quirinius, governor of Syria, can be harmonized with available historical and grammatical data. Various proposed solutions are listed, Quirinius' career is described, and two crucial questions are discussed: 1) when was Quirinius governor of Syria, and 2) when did the census of Luke 2:1-2 take place? the article concludes that, although Quirinius may have governed Syria as early as 8-6 BC, a better solution is to translate protē in Luke 2:2 as "first" or "before." Luke was thus referring to a census taken before that of Quirinius in AD 6.
Citation Information
Wayne Brindle. "The Census and Quirinius: Luke 2:2" (1984)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wayne_brindle/8/