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Cen"sus, n. Etym: [L. census, fr. censere. See Censor.]
1. (Bot. Antiq.)
Defn: A numbering of the people, and valuation of their estate, for the purpose of imposing taxes, etc.; -- usually made once in five years.
2. An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country.
Note: A general census of the United States was first taken in 1790, and one has been taken at the end of every ten years since.
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Census - 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, 2 Chronicles 2:18).
(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.)
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