From: Michael Hardy
To: David Worrell
Date: Jan 28 1996 7:38:00 pm
Subject: CENSUS
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-=> Quoting David Worrell to Judith Bandsma <=-

MH>> In fact, the Romans *did* require people to travel to their
MH>> birthplace in order to register for a census.  A census edict

JB> That quote doesn't say anything about returning to a birthplace...and

DW> Does Mikey think that the Romans forced people who were born outside
DW> the empire to leave during the census?  Does Mikey *think* before he
DW> posts this nonsense?

What do you mean "people who were born outside the empire?" Look, it's
very simple. When it came time to conduct the census in a given area,
people who had been born in that area were asked to return long enough
to register.

Why is that so hard for you to grasp?

And please, answer my question (so far, no one has) -- If the idea was
really so farfetched, then why did anyone believe the story? The
gospels first circulated among people who were intimately familiar with
the practices of the time.

... Nothing is foolproof for a sufficiently talented fool.

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