Luke's account of the census at the birth of Jesus Christ says that Quirinius (Cyrenius) was Governor of Syria. Tertullian says that Saturnius was Governor. Which is right-Luke or Tertullian?
In 1912 Sir William Ramsay dug up at Antioch a slab whose inscription tells us, among other things, that Quirinius was in authority in Syria at the time of our Lord's birth. Fearing a rising, Quirinius went as Commissioner in charge of the forces and thus would take precedence of the civil governor while the province was under martial law. Hence both Luke and Tertullian were right.
(Luke 2. 2)