While there has been speculation on the part of theologians, historians, and Scripture scholars over how old Mary was when Christ was born and how old she was when she was assumed into heaven, the answer is that we simply do not know for sure. Scripture tells us very little of the biographical facts that modern historians consider important. Luke, for example, was unusually free with biographical data by placing the birth of Christ during the first census ordered by Caesar Augustus that took place when Quirinius was Syria’s governor (cf. Luke 2:1-2). Beyond such hints, the ancient historians simply did not consider it necessary to satisfy the readers’ curiosity with biographical details.