Luke's census: Any historical evidence?

10th Century Representation of Gospel Writer Luke

10th Century Representation of Gospel Writer Luke


Some critics say that Luke's account of the census involving Joseph and Mary did not happen. They say that there should be historical evidence. Could Quirinius have been a leader of Syria at the time of Jesus' birth? Were therer multiple censuses during the time of Caesar Augustus? Was there a registration census? How did Augustus come to be declared the "father of his country"? What did Tertullian and Josephus write? Is there historical evidence that people had to travel for a census in the Roman Empire? Could Mary have been recorded in records kept in Rome? Was the census in the Winter? Can you rely on the Bible and Luke's account? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Was Jesus Counted in the Roman Census of Augustus? Was Jesus Reported in the Census of Quirinius? Was a 4/5 BC census in Judea possible? Was There Such as Census?" URL:

A free online book also has information on Luke's census and more details related to Jesus titled "Proof Jesus is the Messiah" URL: