According to Matthew, Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:1).
According to Luke, Jesus was born during the first census in Israel, while Quirinius was governor of Syria (Luke 2:2).
This is impossible because Herod died in March of 4 BC and the census took place in 6 and 7 AD, about 10 years after Herod’s death.
Some Christians try to manipulate the text to mean this was the first census while Quirinius was governor and that the first census of Israel recorded by historians took place later. However, the literal meaning is “this was the first census taken, while Quirinius was governor …” In any event, Quirinius did not become governor of Syria until well after Herod’s death.
DID YOU NOTICE:
THE CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN LUKE AND MATHEW?
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