The Gospel of Luke (Luke 2:1-2) and the first-century Jewish historian Josephus differ on the date for the census of Quirinius. In this study, the author argues that Josephus's account of the census and the revolt by Judas the Galilean is actually a mistaken duplication of events that occurred much earlier.
How should we understand biblical texts that speak of development and struggle in the life of Jesus Christ? Luke 2:40, 52, for example, speak of Jesus growing and maturing, and increasing in favour with both God and man. Hebrews makes it clear that the dynamism of Christ’s life is essential to his role as the believer’s heavenly high priest (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 5:14-16).
Christ's victory over the devil's temptations (Matthew 4, Luke 2) is significant for believers. The devil intended his temptations to work against Christ's mission, but Christ was victorious over him because of the Spirit and the word of God. Believers are to follow Jesus' example in resisting temptation.