Dating the new testament to Augustus

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he first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke comprise a birth narrative that is unique to this gospel.

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. (Luke 2:1–7NRSV)

The passage describes how Jesus' parents, Joseph and Mary, travel from their home in Nazareth, in Galilee, to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born. This explains how Jesus, a Galilean, could have been born in Bethlehem in Judea, the city of King David. However, this passage has long been considered problematic by Biblical scholars, since it places the birth of Jesus around the time of the census in 6/7, whereas the Gospel of Matthew indicates a birth during or just after the reign of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BC, nine years earlier.[14] In addition, no historical sources mention a census of the Roman world which would cover the entire population. Those of Augustus covered Roman citizens only,[15] and it was not the practice in Roman censuses to require people to return to their ancestral homes.[16][17][18][19][20]

Modern scholars tend to explain the disparity as an error on the part of the author of the Gospel, [21][22] concluding that he was more concerned with creating a symbolic narrative than a historical account,[23] and was either unaware of, or indifferent to,[24] the chronological difficulty. The Gospel also associates the birth of Jesus with that of John the Baptist, ten years earlier during the reign of Herod the Great.[25] The same author, in Acts of the Apostles, associates the census with the revolt of Theudas, which happened years later.



The Census of Augustus Documented by Romans
"He revived the office of the Censor which had long been disused and whose duty it had formerly been to take an account of the number of people." - Seutonius Roman Historian - Augustus 23 - Lives of the Twelve Caesars

"He took a census of the people three times" - Augustus 27
"He took a census of the Roman people street by street "
- Augustus 40

"Since the consuls caused a law to be passed soon after this that he should govern the provinces jointly with Augustus and hold the census with him" - Seutonius Roman Historian - Tiberias 21- Lives of the Twelve Caesars

"This contained the number of citizens, subject kingdoms and taxes. All these details Augustus had written with his own hand" - Tacitus Annals - Book 1 Roman Historian

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be registered.