Originally Posted by Peace Warrior
Did you forget the originally asserted contradiction? It was that Luke stated Jesus was born at the time when Cyrenius was governor of Syria, but this is NOT what Luke states.
Yes, it is.
This is a pure (to put it politely) misinterpretation, which I suspect was done so as to invent a contradiction in the first place. For the last time on this issue, here is what Luke stated and I do not see how anyone could interpret these words to mean Jesus was born when Cyrenius was governor.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Luke says nothing of the kind and there is no contradiction. Period.
Why did Joseph travel to Bethlehem with his betrothed Mary, who was pregnant at the time? Perhaps Luke 2:4-5 can give us some insight: "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."
Joseph was going to Bethlehem to be taxed, a tax which was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria, and was accompanied by his espoused wife who was great with child.
What possible conclusion fits the narrative other than that it was taking place while Quirinius was governor?