Re: I'm confused
"If you remember your bible, Jesus was born when there was a census. And this census was about 6 BCE."
Except I'm assured by historians that there's no record whatsoever of the Romans ever asking populations to move all over the Empire in the way the biblical verses require. Whereas there WAS an interpretation of Micah 5:2 requiring the Messiah to come from Bethlehem. Taking the two together, the "census" bit sounds suspiciously like a Monty Python-style skit:
"You're not making much progress on this bit, Luke. Writer's block?
"A bit, yeah."
"Let's see if I can help. Start with the easy stuff. He was born in Nazareth, right?"
"Bethlehem?! Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth!"
"He must have been born in Bethlehem. He's the Messiah, so it has to be Bethlehem."
"You're off your trolley. That's over 70 miles! Joseph wouldn't take a pregnant wife all that way! On those roads, too!"
"Well- maybe he had to. Maybe he had no choice."
"Oh yeah? Like what? Did Mary suddenly get cravings for some bread and fish from that little shop they saw in Bethlehem when they were on holiday? Or - did Caesar Augustus suddenly go mental and tell half the flamin' empire to go home so that he could tax them?"
"Say that again?"
"I said, 'Did a decree go from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be registered'?"
"Here, you've got something there. He wouldn't have had any choice, would he? That's good, that is. Let's see... '...should...be... registered.' Great. Job done; I'll fill in the detail later. So anyway ... what was that bit about loaves and fishes again?"