Papyrus Census Order

From Egypt, 104 CE, Ht. 22.2 cm. BL Papyrus 904.

A papyrus document containing a command in Greek from the Prefect Gaius Vibius Maximus for all those in his area of authority to return to their own homes for the purposes of a census (apogaphēs). This illustrates a situation in the time of Trajan analogous to that described by Luke at the time of the birth of Christ (Luke 2-1-4), when Augustus decreed that a census should be taken of the Roman world.

Mitchell, T.C. The Bible in the British Museum; Interpreting the Evidence. London- British Museum Press, 1988.