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  1. Concerning the census of Quirinius, I take into account Luke’s intent to address his Jewish readers in an article you may find of interest. The journey to Bethlehem in Luke’s story of the first Christmas is motivated by the Roman census. Jewish readers of Luke in the first century would remember the census as connected to the Jewish Revolt of the year 66. How would they have reacted to Luke’s use of this event? See my article “The Christmas Journey and the Jewish Revolt”, at http://josephusblog.org/the-christmas-journey-and-the-jewish-revolt/.

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