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Easton's Bible Dictionary
There are five instances of a census of the Jewish people having been taken.

(1.) In the fourth month after the Exodus, when the people were encamped at Sinai. The number of men from twenty years old and upward was then 603,550 (Exodus 38:26).

(2.) Another census was made just before the entrance into Canaan, when the number was found to be 601,730, showing thus a small decrease (Numbers 26:51).

(3.) The next census was in the time of David, when the number, exclusive of the tribes of Levi and Benjamin, was found to be 1,300,000 (2 Samuel 24:9; 1 Chronicles 21:5).

(4.) Solomon made a census of the foreigners in the land, and found 153,600 able-bodied workmen (2 Chronicles 2:17, 18).

(5.) After the return from Exile the whole congregation of Israel was numbered, and found to amount to 42,360 (Ezra 2:64). A census was made by the Roman government in the time of our Lord (Luke 2:1). (see TAXING.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A numbering of the people in a country, and valuation of their estate, for the purpose of imposing taxes, etc.; -- usually made once in five years.

2. (n.) An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia



583. apographo -- to copy, enroll
... raf'-o) Short Definition: I enroll, inscribe in a register Definition: I enroll,
inscribe in a register; mid: I give my name for registration (or census-taking ...
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582. apographe -- a register, enrollment
... enrollment. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: apographe Phonetic Spelling:
(ap-og-raf-ay') Short Definition: an enrollment, census-taking, record ...
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2778. kensos -- to muzzle
... tribute, poll tax Of Latin origin; properly, an enrollment ("census"), ie (by
implication) a tax -- tribute. (kenson) -- 3 Occurrences. (kensou) -- 1 Occurrence ...
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Strong's Hebrew
5610. sephar -- enumeration, census
... 5609, 5610. sephar. 5611 . enumeration, census. Transliteration: sephar
Phonetic Spelling: (sef-awr') Short Definition: census. ...
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4662. miphqad -- a muster, appointment, appointed place
... Word Origin from paqad Definition a muster, appointment, appointed place NASB Word
Usage appointed place (1), appointment (1), census (1), registration (1). ...
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1538. gulgoleth -- a skull, head, poll (of persons)
... Word Origin from galal Definition a skull, head, poll (of persons) NASB Word Usage
apiece (2), census (2), head (11), skull (2). head, every man, poll, skull. ...
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4371. mekes -- computation, proportion to be paid, tax
... tribute. Probably from an unused root meaning to enumerate; an assessment (as based
upon a census) -- tribute. 4370, 4371. mekes. 4372 . Strong's Numbers.
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7218. rosh -- head
... root Definition head NASB Word Usage bands (1), beginning (11), beheaded* (1), best
(1), best things (1), bodyguard* (1), captains (3), census (7), chief (35 ...
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6485. paqad -- to attend to, visit, muster, appoint
... 1), register (2), see (1), sought (1), suffer (1), summoned (1), supervisors (1),
surely take care (3), take care (1), take notice (1), took a census (1), took ...
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The Census of Israel
... The Census of Israel. A Sermon (No.2198). ... WE HAVE COME to another census, an
important halting-place in the march of a nation's history. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 37 1891/the census of israel.htm

The Census and the Journey of the Holy Family
/.../emmerich/the life of the blessed virgin mary/x the census and the.htm

The Taxing. --Birth of Christ at Bethlehem.
... The Emperor Augustus had ordered a general census of the Roman Empire, partly to
obtain correct statistics of its resources, [41] and partly for purposes of ...
/.../section 15 the taxing birth of.htm

The Birth of Jesus.
... [This enrollment or census was the first step in the process of taxation.]
2 This was the first enrolment. [Publius Sulpicius Quirinius ...
//christianbookshelf.org/mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/x the birth of jesus.htm

The Time of his Appearance among Men.
... [75] His birth took place during the first census, while Cyrenius was governor of
Syria. ... [77] Eusebius here identifies the census mentioned by Josephus (Ant. ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/pamphilius/church history/chapter v the time of his.htm

Luke's Account of the Enrollment
... The decree of Augustus which Luke mentions is commonly interpreted as ordering
that a single census should be held of the whole Roman world. ...
/.../ramsay/was christ born in bethlehem/chapter 6 lukes account of.htm

The Chronology
... born before the death of Herod (Matthew 2:1; Luke 1:5); he was about thirty years
of age at his baptism (Luke 3:23); he was born during a census conducted in ...
/.../rhees/the life of jesus of nazareth/iv the chronology.htm

Enrollment by Households in Egypt
... The same Greek term is used in the Egyptian documents and in Luke to indicate
the census: they were called "Enrollments," Apographai. ...
/.../ramsay/was christ born in bethlehem/chapter 7 enrollment by households.htm

Jesus is Born in Bethlehem
... wife. About this time Caesar Augustus, the great Emperor at Rome, sent word
to Herod that he was to take a census of the Jews. Everybody's ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/anonymous/the good shepherd/chapter ii jesus is born.htm

Infancy and Youth of Jesus --His First Impressions.
... [Footnote 4: The census effected by Quirinus ... The census in any case would only be
applied to the parts reduced to Roman provinces, and not to the tetrarchies. ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/renan/the life of jesus/chapter ii infancy and youth.htm

Census (24 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary There are five instances of a census of the
Jewish people having been taken. (1.) In the fourth month ...
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Numbering (35 Occurrences)
... Besides the numbering of the tribes mentioned in the history of the wanderings in
the wilderness, we have an account of a general census of the whole nation ...
/n/numbering.htm - 19k

... I. CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE OF JESUS 1. Birth of Jesus (1) Death of Herod (2) Census
of Quirinius (3) Star of the Magi (4) Course of Abijah (5) Day and Month (6 ...
/c/chronology.htm - 74k

Ephraim (168 Occurrences)
... At the time of the first census in the wilderness this tribe numbered 40,500 (Numbers
1:32, 33); forty years later, when about to take possession of the ...
/e/ephraim.htm - 56k

Clans (120 Occurrences)
... Numbers 1:2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by
their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names ...
/c/clans.htm - 34k

Zebulun (46 Occurrences)
... the camp of Judah on the east side of the tabernacle (Numbers 2:7). This camp moved
foremost on the march (Numbers 2:9). At the first census Zebulun numbered ...
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Gershon (23 Occurrences)
... 1 Chronicles 26:21), and Shimei (Exodus 6:17 Numbers 3:18 1 Chronicles 6:17, 20),
and consequently two groups of descendants, enumerated in the census taken in ...
/g/gershon.htm - 16k

Gamaliel (7 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Reward of God. (1.) A chief of the tribe of Manasseh
at the census at Sinai (Numbers 1:10; 2:20; 7:54, 59). ...
/g/gamaliel.htm - 13k

Inscribed (20 Occurrences)
... & pp) of Inscribe. Multi-Version Concordance Inscribed (20 Occurrences). Luke
2:3 And all went to be inscribed in the census roll, each to his own city: (DBY). ...
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Manasseh (140 Occurrences)
... They encamped on the west side of the tabernacle. According to the census taken
at Sinai, this tribe then numbered 32,200 (Numbers 1:10, 35; 2:20, 21). ...
/m/manasseh.htm - 68k

Bible Concordance
Census (24 Occurrences)

Luke 2:1 But it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census should be made of all the habitable world.

Luke 2:2 The census itself first took place when Cyrenius had the government of Syria.

Luke 2:3 And all went to be inscribed in the census roll, each to his own city:

Luke 2:5 to be inscribed in the census roll with Mary who was betrothed to him as his wife, she being great with child.

Acts 5:37 After him, at the time of the Census, came Judas, the Galilaean, and was the leader in a revolt. He too perished, and all his followers were scattered.

Exodus 30:12 "When you take a census of the children of Israel, according to those who are numbered among them, then each man shall give a ransom for his soul to Yahweh, when you number them; that there be no plague among them when you number them.

Exodus 30:14 Everyone who passes over to those who are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the offering to Yahweh.
(See RSV)

Exodus 38:25 The silver of those who were numbered of the congregation was one hundred talents, and one thousand seven hundred seventy-five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
(See NIV)

Numbers 1:2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, every male, one by one;

Numbers 1:49 "Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, neither shall you take a census of them among the children of Israel;

Numbers 4:2 "Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses,

Numbers 4:22 "Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers' houses, by their families;

Numbers 14:29 your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me,
(See NIV)

Numbers 26:2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers' houses, all who are able to go forth to war in Israel."

Numbers 26:4 " Take a census of the people, from twenty years old and upward; as Yahweh commanded Moses and the children of Israel." These are those that came out of the land of Egypt.

Numbers 31:49 and they said to Moses, "Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war who are under our command, and there lacks not one man of us.
(See NAS)

2 Samuel 24:1 Again the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them, saying, "Go, number Israel and Judah."
(See NIV)

2 Kings 12:4 Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of Yahweh, in current money, the money of the persons for whom each man is rated, and all the money that it comes into any man's heart to bring into the house of Yahweh,
(See NIV)

1 Chronicles 21:1 Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
(See NIV)

1 Chronicles 21:5 Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people to David. All those of Israel were one million one hundred thousand men who drew sword: and in Judah were four hundred seventy thousand men who drew sword.
(See NAS)

1 Chronicles 23:3 The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand.
(See NAS)

1 Chronicles 23:24 These were the sons of Levi after their fathers' houses, even the heads of the fathers' houses of those who were counted individually, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and upward.
(See NAS)

2 Chronicles 2:17 Solomon numbered all the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father had numbered them; and they were found one hundred fifty-three thousand six hundred.

2 Chronicles 25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and ordered them according to their fathers' houses, under captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, even all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and upward, and found them three hundred thousand chosen men, able to go forth to war, who could handle spear and shield.
(See NAS)



Census of the Roman Empire, by Caesar

Census: A Poll Tax to be Levied at Each

Census: The Numbering of Israel by David

Census: The Numbering of Israel by Moses

Related Terms

Numbering (35 Occurrences)


Ephraim (168 Occurrences)

Clans (120 Occurrences)

Zebulun (46 Occurrences)

Gershon (23 Occurrences)

Gamaliel (7 Occurrences)

Inscribed (20 Occurrences)

Manasseh (140 Occurrences)

Naphtali (51 Occurrences)

Taxing (3 Occurrences)

Numbers (136 Occurrences)

Families (272 Occurrences)

Tax (43 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Levi (79 Occurrences)

Upward (74 Occurrences)

Plague (142 Occurrences)

New (1850 Occurrences)

Number (2370 Occurrences)

Ransom (46 Occurrences)

Luke (4 Occurrences)

Tribe (250 Occurrences)

Twenty (282 Occurrences)

Zealot (4 Occurrences)

Kohath (30 Occurrences)

Kadesh (30 Occurrences)

Numbered (209 Occurrences)


Jazer (13 Occurrences)

Latin (2 Occurrences)

Listing (1 Occurrence)

Leader (183 Occurrences)

Gershonites (17 Occurrences)

Genealogy (29 Occurrences)

Galilean (5 Occurrences)

Galilaean (7 Occurrences)

Itself (203 Occurrences)

Issachar (40 Occurrences)

Include (7 Occurrences)

Followers (37 Occurrences)

Tola (5 Occurrences)

Tribute (67 Occurrences)

Revolt (18 Occurrences)

Eleazar (74 Occurrences)

Enan (9 Occurrences)

Eliab (20 Occurrences)

Dan-jaan (1 Occurrence)

Danjaan (1 Occurrence)

Deuel (5 Occurrences)

Money (284 Occurrences)

Puvah (2 Occurrences)


Puah (5 Occurrences)

Cent (4 Occurrences)

Canaanite (74 Occurrences)

Censured (1 Occurrence)

Cananaean (2 Occurrences)

Abidan (5 Occurrences)

Araunah (14 Occurrences)

Asher (43 Occurrences)

Ahira (5 Occurrences)

Dan (71 Occurrences)

Benjamin (167 Occurrences)

Joash (49 Occurrences)

Simeon (48 Occurrences)

Reuben (73 Occurrences)

Habitable (19 Occurrences)

Nehemiah (9 Occurrences)

Branch (60 Occurrences)

Jehoash (28 Occurrences)

Counted (122 Occurrences)

Judah (802 Occurrences)

Houses (308 Occurrences)

Count (85 Occurrences)

Testament (13 Occurrences)

Government (20 Occurrences)

Gilead (130 Occurrences)

Gospel (108 Occurrences)

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