Translation Technique
Luke 2:1
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed (KJV, rather literal).
Now it came about in those days that a decree went our from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth (NASB, even more literal).
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world (NEB, idiomatic/paraphrastic).
About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation (LB, paraphrastic).