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During The Reign of Tiberius Caesar

"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod [see The Herods] being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance [see The Origin of Baptism] for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord [see John's Last Days], make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3:1-6 KJV)

The Reign of Tiberius Caesar

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus, popularly known simply as Tiberius, was the Roman emperor at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Born at Rome on November 16 42 B.C., Tiberius reigned for 23 years, from 14 to 37 A.D. (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Ancient Empires - Rome). A bust of his actual appearance is seen in the photograph.

Tiberius When the first Roman emperor, Augustus (he was the emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ i.e. Luke 2:1) died on August 19, 14 A.D., he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius, the son of Livia Drusilla, who had divorced her first husband to marry the emperor.

By most accounts, Tiberius was not a sociable man. According to Suetonius, "He was large and strong of frame, and of a stature above average... He walked with his neck stiff and bent forward, usually with a stern countenance and for the most part in silence, never or very rarely conversing with his companions...All of these mannerisms of his, which were disagreeable and signs of arrogance, were regarded by Augustus, who often tried to excuse them to the senate and people by declaring that they were natural failings, not intentional."

Tiberius eventually took up residence in his secluded island residence of Capri where he lived in an extremely depraved manner, while delegating much of the responsibility of governing to subordinates. It was there that he lived during the time of the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Tiberius died at Misenum on March 16 37 A.D. at age 79. Although suffering from a terminal illness, he apparently wasn't dying fast enough for his successor's liking - so they smothered him with a pillow.

Fact Finder: Tiberius was succeeded by the lesser-known Caligula as emperor of Rome. What two more famous emperors followed Caligula?
See Claudius and Nero
To understand what "emperor" means, see Emperor


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