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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
(And this taxing was first made whē Cyrenius was gouernor of Syria)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- American Standard Version (1901)
This was the first numbering, which was made when Quirinius was ruler of Syria.
- Basic English Bible
The census itself first took place when Cyrenius had the government of Syria.
- Darby Bible
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
- Webster's Bible
It was the first registration made during the governorship of Quirinius in Syria;
- Weymouth Bible
This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- World English Bible
This firste discryuyng was maad of Cyryn, iustice of Sirie.
- Wycliffe Bible
this enrollment first came to pass when Cyrenius was governor of Syria --
- Youngs Literal Bible
2:2 When Cyrenius was governor of Syria - When Publius Sulpicius Quirinus governed the province of Syria, in which Judea was then included.
Lu 2:2 This taxing was first made, etc. This statement has caused some difficulty. Luke seems to affirm that the enrollment took place the year Jesus was born, but while Cyrenius was governor of Syria. Now Cyrenius was governor of Syria from A.D. 6 to A.D. 11. There are two ways of settling the apparent difficulty: (1) Augustus Caesar, incensed at Herod, ordered an enrollment for taxation of the Jews the year of the birth of Jesus. It was carried out in all probability by Cyrenius. The intercession of Herod's minister, Nicolas, averted the displeasure of Augustus and the taxation did not take place until Cyrenius was governor of Syria, after Archelaus, son of Herod, was deposed. These facts we learn from Josephus, and they remove the apparent discrepancy. But (2) A. W. Zumpt, of Berlin, followed by Alford and Schaff, make it highly probable that Cyrenius was governor of Syria twice, the first time from B.C. 4 to B.C. 1. I have not space for the argument which seems conclusive. But in B.C. 4 Jesus was born. Ancient writers, Christians as well as pagan opposers, state that Jesus was born while Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
Robert Downey's comment on 2015-07-14 11:26:47:
One needs to keep in mind that the birth of Christ divided time between BC and AD, so he can 't be born in BC. In 1582 Pope Gregory didn 't do us any favors in not making the correction to God 's reckoning and that of J. Caesar. Luke has given us the correct clues, and Zumpt has it right.
Randy M Mellinger's comment on 2014-12-28 01:09:54:
The one thing that I see about this argument that has not been demonstrated so far from anybody that I have read is when we went from 1BC to 1AD.I have also read that older copies of Josephus show that Herod died in 1AD. I can only imagine that Jesus was born in 2 to 1BC. Considering that AD refers to the year of our Lord. There is also the issue of going from the Hebrew Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar introduced in 1582. There is a lot of time in between the two and there was the Julian calendar!!! I think that there is a losing argument about all of this because we don 't really know when all of this took place. BC to AD is unknown. Something tells me that if we look at the Feasts that Yahweh God put into place we will have a better idea of what season Jesus was born in. Maybe my thinking is simple but we do know that when Mary had Jesus it became AD.
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