the Grecized form of Quirinus. His full name was Publius Sulpicius Quirinus. Recent historical investigation has proved that Quirinus was governor of Cilicia, which was annexed to Syria at the time of our Lord's birth. Cilicia, which he ruled, being a province of Syria, he is called the governor, which he was de jure, of Syria. Some ten years afterwards he was appointed governor of Syria for the second time. During his tenure of office, at the time of our Lord's birth (Luke 2:2), a "taxing" (R.V., "enrolment;" i.e., a registration) of the people was "first made;" i.e., was made for the first time under his government. (See TAXING.)
cyrenius Bizzy knew that he had been Called to do the Regulating.
Take the familiar case of the taxing when cyrenius was governor of Syria.
And this taxing was first made when cyrenius was governor of Syria.
The cyrenius mentioned was sent out by Csar "to be a judge of that nation (the Jews) and take an account of their substance."
They also accord with the discovery of Zumpt regarding a double term in the governorship of cyrenius.
They may signify, "this taxing was made before cyrenius was governor," and so before that better known taxing which he ordered.