• Detaching the Census: An Alternative Reading of Luke 2:1-7

    Author(s):
    David Armitage (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, New Testament
    Subject(s):
    Biblical studies, Early Christianity, Gospel of Luke, New Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Census, Infancy narrative, Quirinius
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6T14TP0B
    Abstract:
    This paper offers an alternative approach to Luke 2:1-7, assuming for argument's sake that Luke's presumed chronology agreed with modern reconstructions in placing Quirinius' census some years after Herod's death. It is proposed that, on this basis, a coherent reading of the text is feasible in which the reference to Quirinius marks 2:1-5 as a digression, bounded by distinct transition markers, describing events several years after Jesus' birth. This digression, which claims that Joseph and Mary registered in Bethlehem in AD 6, despite having resided in Nazareth for several years, emphasises the family connection to Bethlehem and therefore to David.
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    Published
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