COIN OF PUBLIUS QUINCTILIUS VARUS, Roman Governor of Syria 7-6 BC under Augustus

This coin was minted in Antioch around the time of Christ's birth. The difficulty with the canonical gospels is that it places the time of the birth of Jesus, before the death of Herod the Great, which by most sources was in 4 BC. Errors in translation or perhaps confusion with the name of Quinctilius with Quirinius may be the issue. Publius Sulpicius Quirinius was governor of Syria in 6-7 AD. Cassius Dio reports there were census prior to 6 AD but little is known about them.

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.