Josephus Misdated the Census of Quirinius


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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