In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Luke 2:1-4 (NIV)
Quirinius was not the nicest guy.
Ambitious. Well-heeled. Driven.
He was born in a suburb of Rome to an average Roman family. But Quirinius had some big aspirations. He pointed his drive for position and power into the venue of military service, building a name for himself in several key battles and triumphs in Roman conquests…
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