Re: [asa] Josephus, Herod, and Jesus

From: David Clounch <>
Date: Sat Dec 05 2009 - 17:42:01 EST

Did you notice the part about the Romans doing a military conquest of
Palestine before Herod the Great was born?

Christian Think Tank is an interesting site. They should put it into a
mediawiki, ( of course restricting the
authorship fro quality control purposes.

On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 4:16 PM, David Campbell <> wrote:

> “Matthew's account places the birth during the reign of Herod the Great,
>> who died in 4 BC, but Luke dates it to the census of Quirinius ten years
>> after Herod's death.”
>> A few of the issues, off the top of my head:
> Luke does not give a date for the census
> There is some manuscript uncertainty; it is possible that the name in Luke
> should not be Quirinius, or that it should read that it was the census
> before that of Quirinius, but the conventional reading is probably correct.
> Quirinius is known to have served in Syria (sl) somewhat after Herod's day.
> He is also known to have served somewhere (quite possibly Syria) before
> then.
> Census-taking in the Roman empire would not be instantaneous and could
> easily last for years.
> --
> Dr. David Campbell
> 425 Scientific Collections
> University of Alabama
> "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"

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