Saturday, April 15, 2006

Quirinius Census in Luke

The Gospel of Luke makes historical errors about the Census of Quirinius

Many people attack the historicity of the Gospel of Luke by pointing to the Quirinius census. There are good reasons to think such a census occurred. Luke is an extremely reliable historian, and this is especially clear in Acts. There is no information that contradicts Luke's assertion. The argument against the census is essentially an argument from silence. Augustus often took local censuses, and censuses were taken during a change of leadership, which happened in Palestine at the time Luke describes. Literary and archaeological evidence indicates that Augustus took a census for the whole empire at that time.