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.

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From Gary R. Habermas, The Historical Jesus – Ancient Evidence For The Life Of Christ (in print at Amazon)
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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.