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Quirinius, Publius Sulpicius
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(died 21 ce), Roman senator and governor under Augustus (Tacitus Annales III 48). After holding a series of magistracies, in 6 ce he was appointed imperial governor (legatus) in Syria. He incorporated Judea into his province and in 6/7 ce undertook a census to survey the assets of the population; a Jewish resistance movement (Zealots) opposed the census (Jos. Ant. XVII 355; XVIII 1–3, 26; XX 102; Bell. II 117f.; VII 253; Acts 5:37). Luke 2:1f. dates the birth of Jesus in the period of this census (contra Matt 2: under Herod), which was not worldwide but only in the …

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Wolter, Michael, “Quirinius, Publius Sulpicius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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