For there had arisen aforetime, Judas of Gamala, the Galilean who refused the census
of Quirinius, and in great wrath he caused that many should lift the sword against
Caesar, and there was crucified of his followers some two thousand souls.
Summary: In the year 6 CE, Publius Sulpicius Quirinius (51 BCE-21 CE) was appointed
governor of RomanSyria, and Judea was declared a Roman province . Quirinius was
authorized to carry out a census throughout Judea for tax purposes. This angered
many Jews, including Judas of Gamala — a rebel, bandit and self-proclaimed messiah
from Galilee — who, with his followers, violently opposed the Roman occupation and
the census (Y:2:3).
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