Why Did Mary And Joseph Have To Go To Bethlehem?
May 3, 2009 5:40 PM Subscribe
What technology would have been available to Biblical census-takers?
posted by Fiasco da Gama to Religion & Philosophy (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In Luke 2:1-7, everyone had to go back to their town to be registered. Assuming that these were actual events—and I know that the history is sketchy at best—why would a Roman/local regulation have mandated people to go back to their birthplaces for counting, instead of simply counting everyone in place with their birth details, as we do?
Is there a technological up-side to uprooting large numbers of people for a head-count?