2 Ibid., pp. 193–194.
3 Ibid., p. 194.
4 Robert Boyd, Tells, Tombs, and Treasure(Grand Rapids: Baker, 1969), p. 175.
5 Cf. Bruce, Christian Origins, pp. 193–194 with Boyd, Tells, p. 175. Bruce prefers the date 10–9 BC for the empire-wide census, with that which took place in Judea occurring a few years later. Boyd places the date of the earlier census at 6–5 BC, which coincides closely with the accepted dates for Jesus’ birth.
From Gary R. Habermas, The Historical Jesus – Ancient Evidence For The Life Of Christ (in print at Amazon)
Bruce’s suggestion that the Greek in Luke 2:2 is equally translatable as “This enrollment (census) was before that made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.”^6 This would mean that Luke was dating the taxation-census before Quirinius took over the governorship of Syria. Either possibility answers the question raised above.