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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Cyrenius,  who  governs