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A:The story of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem for the census occurs only in Luke's gospel, as the author of Matthew's Gospel was entirely unaware of it. Luke 2:1 says that Caesar Augustus decreed that there be a census of the entire empire. Luke 2:4 says that Joseph went to Bethlehem because he was a descendant of David and was therefore required to go there to be counted. On this, Steve Mason (Josephus and the New Testament) says that the census of 6 CE must have been the first census undertaken by Rome in the region - yet Luke says that Herod was still alive. Raymond E. Brown (An Introduction to the New Testament) says the best explanation is that, although Luke likes to set his Christian drama in the context of well-known events from antiquity, sometimes he does so inaccurately. Uta Ranke-Heinemann (Putting Away Childish Things) says that since the author of Lukehandles the facts arbitrarily, the facts themselves refute him, because no Roman emperor ever issued such a senseless command.

As for Mary's presence at a tax assessment, Ranke-Heinemann says this was not in the least required, since only heads of families were obliged to register. Since they would have passed through Jerusalem, Ranke-Heinemann finds no explanation for Joseph not to leave Mary at the home of her cousin Elisabeth, instead taking her at such a late stage of pregnancy to Bethlehem, where they knew no one and could not even find accommodation.

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Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem , as it was told to go to their respective hometowns for the census.


Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be counted in a census so they could be taxed.


Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem because the Romans(KING HEROD) wanted to take a census.


They went from Galilee to Bethlehem because of the Roman census. Which meant that Joseph had to be in his home town along with his wife, Mary.


In Luke's Gospel, Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to be counted in the census of Quirinius, although the Gospel does not mention the census again after they left Nazareth. Mary gave birth to Jesus in in a manger at Bethlehem, after which they were visited by shepherds and they then travelled to Jerusalem and back to Nazareth.In Matthew's Gospel, Mary and Joseph had a house, and Bethlehem seems to have been their home town. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, magi came to visit him. Mary and Joseph were warned not to go to Jerusalem, but to flee from Bethlehem to Egypt.


He had to go, because there was a census that every one had to go to the place of their birth. Joseph was born in Bethlehem.


because there was a census that was being done and every man had to go to their own hometown.


Mary and Joseph were obliged to go to Bethlehem for the census by the Roman authorities. In a sense you could also say God led them, since it was ordained that Christ would be born in Bethlehem.


Joseph and Mary had traveled to Bethlehem because there was a cencis and everyy man had to go to the town to where he was born.


Yes, there was a mandatory census so they could be counted. They traveled a long way, too!


But it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census should be made of all the habitable world.So Joseph had to go to his home city, Bethlehem to register.


They continued to reside in Nazareth until they had to make a trip to Bethlehem for a census. Mary gave birth to Jesus while they were there.


Matthew's Gospel indicates that Mary and Joseph were from Bethlehem in Judea. While returning from Egypt, they were warned in a dream to turn aside and go to Nazareth in Galilee, instead. Luke's Gospel says that Mary and Joseph were from Nazareth in Galilee. They travelled to Bethlehem for a census, then returned to Nazareth.


They had to go to a census, and for the census, you had to go to the town of your birth. Since Mary and Joseph were married, instead of Mary going to her hometown, she went with Joseph to his.


Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to register with the Roman Government. Unbeknown to anyone God planned that Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem so that a prophecy about the Messiah could be fulfilled, and that prophecy was that the coming Messiah would come out of Bethlehem. Jesus the Christ fulfilled that prophecy when He was born to Mary in Bethlehem.


No. They went because Casear ordered a CENSUS of all the people. A CENSUS is when the people are counted. Men had to take their wives and children, if they had them, to the city of their birth.


AnswerIn Luke's Gospel, Joseph and Mary came from the city of Nazareth to go to Bethlehem.In Matthew's Gospel, Bethlehem seems to have already been the home town of Joseph and Mary. In this gospel, they came from nowhere, and only emigrated to Nazareth some years later, after their sojourn in Egypt.




Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to register because Joseph traced his lineage back to people from that city.


In their nativity stories, Matthew's Gospel and Luke's Gospel each have Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem, but in different circumstances.Luke's Gospel says that Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem because of a census during the time of Quirinius. That census is now known to have begun about 6 CE, more than ten years after the death of King Herod. Raymond E. Brown (An Introduction to the New Testament) says the best explanation is that, although Luke likes to set his Christian drama in the context of well-known events from antiquity, sometimes he does so inaccurately.Matthew's Gospel says that Mary and Joseph were returning from Egypt to their home in Bethlehem after the death of King Herod but, being warned in a dream, turned aside and travelled instead to Nazareth in Galilee. In this account, they did not travel to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus because Bethlehem was already their home town.



Egypt , to escape Herod Thanks so much


A:In Luke's Gospel, Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem once only, for the census under Quirinius. They lived in Nazareth, Galilee and did go the Jerusalem each year for the Passover, but had no reason to go to Bethlehem and are never depicted as doing so. In Matthew's Gospel, Mary and Joseph already lived in Bethlehem, their home town. They thus had no reason to travel to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus, but had to flee to Egypt after his birth, for fear of King Herod. Presumably some years later, after word reached them that Herod had died, they began the return journey to their home in Bethlehem but never arrived. On the way, Joseph was warned in a dream of further danger from Herod's son and Successor, Archelaus, so they turned aside and travelled to Galilee, where they settled in a city called Galilee. Although they planned to do so, Joseph and Mary never went to Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus and the flight to Egypt.


Caesar Agustus issued an order for everyone to go to their hometown and be taxed. It was also part of a census.



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