The question concerning Quirinius also involves the date of the census described in Luke 2. It is known that Quirinius was made governor of Syria by Augustus in AD 6. Archaeologist Sir William Ramsay discovered several inscriptions that indicated that Quirinius was governor of Syria on two occasions, the first time several years prior to this date.^4 Within the cycle of taxation-censuses mentioned above, an earlier taxation would be dated from 10–4 BC.^5 Another possibility is

1 See Bruce, Christian Origins, p. 192, for example.