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Josephus, of course, places this census after Herod Archelaus' exile and the creation of Iudaea Province.

So far, I've been able to find early discussion of Luke 2:2 in conjunction with Quirinius' census in Josephus by Eusebius - and then the next mention I've found isn't until John Calvin. But I'm curious if there were any commentators in between the two.

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Please see the comment here for a wider contextual background of your question. –  Joseph Jan 23 '14 at 12:12

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Faber Stapulensis (Lefevre d'Etaples) and Bullinger, in their respective commentaries, both point out the discrepancy. Bullinger goes into some detail and concludes that there must have been two censuses. Calvin likely read both, but goes into greater detail than either.

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Welcome to BH.SE! This appears to be a basis for a good answer, however, at a minimum you should cite the exact references in the commentaries you note to show your work, and better yet, to quote them as well (at least in part with respect to answering the question). –  ScottS Apr 13 at 14:05

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