Thus did many have regard for him, and many went out from Jerusalem and all Judea
and the regions round about to hear him. And there were many who were baptized in
the waters of the Jordan, having believed in all his words.
Summary: Falling under Roman administration in 6 CE, Judea was located in the south
of Palestine, bordered to the north by the province of Samaria, and to the east by
Perea. Significant towns including Jerusalem, Emmaus, Arimathea, and Bethany were
all located in Judea. Pontius Pilate served as the Roman governor, or Procurator,
of Judea, and was subject to Vitellius, the governor of Syria. The region was a focal
point of civil unrest due to conflict arising from Roman occupation among the Jewish
people, and the brutal fashion in which Pilate ruled.
became one of two towns in all Judea where Yeshua was both welcome and protected.
Azrael’s Commentary - Ephraim
The second of two towns in Judea which gladly offered refuge to Yeshua. Ephraim was
just nine miles northeast of Jerusalem. [...]
Now there came unto Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, Pontius Pilate; for
he desired to keep peace throughout all Judea, lest the Jews rebel against Rome.
But Galerius which watched closely over all which happened in Jerusalem, grew troubled
all the more because of Yeshua, for wheresoever the Lord went, even there would the
multitudes gather to hear him.
And calling forth a scribe, he wrote unto Caesarea, saying: ‘To the most excellent
governor, Pontius Pilate, Procurator of all Judea and Samaria: From Marcus Galerius,
Tribune of Rome and Prefect of Antonia and all Jerusalem, Greetings: