An enduring challenge for those reconstructing historical dates for the life of Jesus has been the date for the census of Quirinius because the Gospel-writer Luke and the first-century Jewish historian Josephus differ on its date.
For more than a century, the consensus has grown in favor of the account of the census given by Josephus. However, John Rhoads argues in a recent article that it was Josephus, not Luke, who misdated Quirinius’s census.
John Rhoads is assistant professor of theology at Concordia University, Chicago, IL.
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