From: Michael Hardy
To: Judith Bandsma
Date: Feb 1 1996 7:06:00 pm
Subject: census
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-=> Quoting Judith Bandsma to Lynda Bustilloz <=-

MH> A census the Romans conducted in Gaul took forty YEARS to complete.

LB> to sit there and wait 40 YEARS??!  The fact that this would cause
LB> tremendous hardship, and totally destroy the economy aside, wouldn't
JB>
JB> Does Mike not realize that 'Gaul' also encompassed what today is
JB> France, Belgium, part of the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and some of
JB> Germany? I wonder, too, just how many census takers they sent to do
the
JB> job.

Of course I do, and that's why it took so long. I never said, as Lynda
inferred, that that means everybody in Gaul had to sit tight for 40
years -- just that things took much longer in the days before
electronic storage and communication than it does now, so it's not
farfetched to think the census in Judea might have taken several years,
done one region or town at a time.

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