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Quote from: none on December 24, 2017, 11:07:00 PMhttps://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/census.htm...There is no record of Caesar Augustus' decree that "all the world should be enrolled" (Lk. 2:1). The Romans kept extremely detailed records of such events. Not only is Luke's census not in these records, it goes against all that we know of Roman economic history....
QuoteQuirinius . . . governor of Syria: Publius Sulpicius Quirinius, a distinguished Roman senator, is mentioned only once in the Bible. Scholars initially claimed that Quirinius served only one term of governorship over the Roman province of Syria in about 6 C.E., during which a rebellion broke out in response to a census. As a result, they attacked this passage and cast doubt on Luke?s account by reasoning that Quirinius was governor in 6 or 7 C.E., whereas Jesus? birth was earlier. However, in 1764 an inscription was found that strongly suggests that Quirinius served as governor (or, legate) in Syria for two distinct terms. Other inscriptions too have led some historians to acknowledge that Quirinius served a term as governor of Syria earlier, in the B.C.E. period. It was evidently during this term that the first registration, mentioned in this verse, took place. Furthermore, the critics? reasoning ignores three key facts. First, Luke acknowledges that there was more than one census, calling this the ?first registration.? He was evidently aware of a later registration, which occurred about 6 C.E. That registration was mentioned by Luke in the book of Acts (5:37) and by Josephus. Second, Bible chronology rules out the possibility that Jesus was born during Quirinius? second term. However, it does harmonize with Jesus? being born during Quirinius? first term, which was somewhere between the years 4 and 1 B.C.E. Third, Luke is well-known as a meticulous historian, one who lived in the era of many of the events he described. (Lu 1:3) In addition, he was inspired by holy spirit.?2Ti 3:16.https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1001070646
Quote from: Jstwebbrowsing on December 24, 2017, 10:46:15 PM...The Encyclop?dia Britannica says that church leaders probably chose it ?to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the ?birthday of the unconquered sun,?? at the time of the winter solstice. According to The Encyclopedia Americana, many scholars believe that this was done ?in order to make Christianity more meaningful to pagan converts.?https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/when-was-jesus-born/