And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. (ASV)
The Romans did not require that people return to their birthplaces to register for censuses. This would have been not only pointless (since the Romans had no interest in where people were born, but only where they lived so they could count them and tax them) but would have been a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare as thousands of people would have had to travel to their respective birthplaces.
In that case, "most excellent Theophilus" (Luke 1:3), a Roman official, must have laughed his head off when Luke made such a ridiculous claim after having "investigated everything thoroughly"?
What might be the source for your census information? --jjmarkka 09:43, 11 Nov 2005 (CST)
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