Roman governor of Syria at the time of Jesus’ birth (Lk 2:2). According to the Roman historian Tacitus (Annals 3.48), Publius Sulpicius Quirinius was elected consul of Syria in 12 B.C. Around 7 B.C. he was appointed, along with Varus, legatus or governor of Syria
to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”