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Quirinius, Publius Sulpicius

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Author(s): Wolter, Michael
[German Version] (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 …

Dinkler, Erich

(174 words)

Author(s): Wolter, Michael
[German Version] (May 6, 1909, Remscheid – Jun 28, 1981, Mannheim) received his doctorate in 1932 from the University of Heidelberg; in 1936, he gained his Habilitation in church history and Christian archaeology at Marburg, where he came under the lasting influence of R. Bultmann and Hans v. Soden. He was a member of the Confessing Church. He was appointed professor of New Testament and Christi…