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The Worldview of Jesus’ Enemies


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Many Jews during the first century AD and many Biblical scholars, today, would understand Jesus’ words in Luke 19:13 to point to Archelaus who had gone to Rome to officially receive for himself the kingdom he had inherited from his father, Herod the Great. The Jews really did send representatives to Caesar, asking that he decide against Archelaus obtaining Herod’s kingdom (Luke 19:14).[1] Indeed, Archelaus came away from Rome not as king, but with the title of ethnarch and only a promise of becoming king, if he proved to rule prudently.[2] So, the Jewish ambassadors were at least partially successful in their mission to keep Archelaus from gaining authority over them. Although he was given authority, he was not given as much as he had hoped. Read the rest of this entry »

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