14. After the death of Jesus: the historical events

On 18 October 31 CE emperor Tiberius stripped Seian of power and restored the imperial authority.

Volcano Pichincha after the bath in the sulphur spring
Volcano Pichincha after the bath in the sulphur spring

Crucially for the success of the coup, Seian was immediately executed. Otherwise the most powerful man in Rome yet would have been able to mobilize his followers and take steps against his prosecutors.

Jesus, too, was immediately crucified, and the burial of his dead body was prevented in order to deprive the rebels of his leader and to nip the revolt in the bud.

Now, however, some odd events took place which held the myth of Jesus alive. Jesus’ enemies could not enjoy their victory over him for long. Pilate and Caiaphas were dismissed, with Pilate awaiting trial in Rome; Herod Antipas suffered a humiliating defeat and was later deposed and exiled. A few months later the hated Emperor Tiberius died.

His young successor Caligula gave the principality of Philip, which the citizens would like to have been given to Jesus, to the likeable grandson of Herod I., Agrippa I., who was able to continue Jesus’ policy of reconciliation.

Did Jesus triumph posthumously? Did God justify Jesus afterwards (Is. 53, 4s.)?

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