No Census when Joseph and Mary went to BETHLEHEM?????????
On Saturday's QI (12th November 2011) Steven Fry again poured scorn on the bible with a throw away comment about "There was no such Census ever taken in the Roman world and that there has never been any evidence of such a Census.
This is one of many comments that Stephen Fry often makes to ridicule the Bible - Again this is not true.
"Augustus Issued a Decree"
The account of the Roman census recorded in Luke 2 is well known. What is not so well known is that it was assumed by some that a Roman emperor would never issue an order for a census where “all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.” Then, a papyrus decree was discovered in Egypt that was an order for a Roman census in Egypt at the time of Trajan in AD 104, which mirrors the order of Augustus recorded in Luke 2. The Prefect Gaius Vibius Maximus ordered all those in his area to return to their own homes for the purpose of a census.12
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