Summary: The RomanEmperor from 14-37 CE, according to Azrael’s Commentary, Caesar
Tiberius became intrigued with Yeshua after hearing accounts that he had healed the
sick and raise the dead. Tiberius sent Julius Atticus (Y:29:61-62) to verify the
miracles and send reports and drawings of Yeshua back to Rome. Tiberius intended
to honor Yeshua in his temple. When he learned that Pilate was looking for Yeshua
on grounds of insurrection, Tiberius sent command to have Yeshua brought into his
protective custody, but Yeshua was killed before Pilate received the message.
Roman Emperor from 14-37 CE. Later in his life, Tiberius lived on the island of Capri,
in a large palatial villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As Tiberius grew old,
his fear of sickness and death caused him to send spies throughout the empire in
the hope that they might find that one special person who might prove a god in mortal
disguise; for it was Caesar’s intent to honor such a person in exchange for immortality
The reason for this attitude was simple: the Roman state promoted the belief that
the Emperor of Rome was a God worthy of worship by all Romans. Yet Caesar did not
feel like a god, and privately he scoffed at the idea. After all, Caesar could get
sick just like anyone else. And as he aged, he suffered from the effects of aging.
But as an aging man, Caesar really wanted to be a god; he loved the power and wealth
and prestige that came from being the Emperor of the most powerful empire in the
world. And Caesar did not want to surrender this power because of death. So anxious
did Tiberius become, that he built a special temple on his estate where the gods
of all nations would be honored; for he did not want to offend any god who might
be able to help him in achieving an immortality of his own. When Tiberius heard from
one of his agents about Yeshua and the miracles he performed in healing the sick
and raising the dead, Caesar sent Julius Atticus to verify the report (Yeshua 29:61-62).
One reason for sending Julius Atticus was his artistic ability. Several months after
Atticus arrived in Jerusalem, Caesar Tiberius received from him a hand drawn portrait
of Yeshua. Tiberius took this picture and had a sculptor make a marble bust of Yeshua
to put in his temple. It was Caesar’s intention to honor this Galilean who could
heal the sick and raise the dead.
Every month Tiberius received a full account of the sayings and doings of Yeshua.
When he heard of Pilate’s own surveillance of Yeshua on suspicion of insurrection
(Yeshua 10:83), Tiberius sent orders to have Yeshua taken into the Emperor’s personal
custody. However, due to the slowness of travel and communication, Yeshua was dead
by the time Caesar’s order was placed into the hands of Pontius Pilate. When rumors
began to spread that Yeshua had risen from the dead, Tiberius sent hundreds of agents
into Israel to find him. But all their efforts proved unsuccessful. Caesar Tiberius
was murdered in his bed by his nephew Caligula in 37 CE.
And the soldiers, having received from John the baptism of repentance, asked of him,
saying: “What thing shall we do, seeing that we, while yet soldiers unto Caesar,
would draw nigh unto God?”
But Herod would not kill the prophet, for he had regard for him. And seeing this,
the scribes and Pharisees spoke to him privily, saying:
“O king, be wise and reject not our counsel; for except you kill this John, we shall
be made insecure.
Come now and take heart, for it is a small thing to kill a man, or to make sacrifice
for the good of the nation.”
When Herod heard these things, he relented and sent word that John should be killed.
For the power of Rome did he fear greatly, neither would he have Caesar think him
weak and of no effect.
But Philip was without any child to succeed him and he oftentimes grew weak of heart
because of fever, and many feared for him lest he die and Herod Antipas lay claim
before Caesar against all the land.
Tell us, therefore, what say you of taxes which the Romans impose? Is it just to
give tribute unto Caesar, or not?”
But Yeshua, perceiving the trickery of their hearts, spoke, saying: “You hypocrites,
for what just cause would you entangle me? Show me the tribute money.”
And they gave unto the Lord a silver denarius. And the Lord showing it unto the people,
“Whose image and inscription do you see?” They answered, “Caesar’s.”
Then said the Lord unto them, “Give unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and
give unto God the things which are God’s.”
Now when the Zealots heard this they seethed with indignation against the Lord, for
he commanded that all men should pay tribute unto Caesar.
Now there was among the people a certain Roman, a tribune which was come from Rome
making inquiry concerning Yeshua of Nazareth.
And all which the Lord spoke did the Roman observe closely, and with great care did
he write all which he heard, that he might send word unto Caesar regarding him.