The following lists the Roman Royals and others during the times of the third corruption of religions (AD 40). A time when the Pharisees tried to reclaim the followers they were losing to the Greek and Essene traditions. And you thought that Paul actually did magic and switched sides to become an
Essene. “Christian”. Yeah sure, they were Christians.
Tell me this. Of his 7 genuine letters, aside from Paul talking about Jesus as a Messaih and having risen from the dead – a Pharisee concept mentioned in the Book of Daniel, how many of those Jesus magic tricks does Paul speak about? Wouldn’t they be a key selling point for an evangelist. I mean look how the Islam evangelists go head over heals about a boy with markings of scripture. But where is the scientific or jounalistic investigation. So much for RT.com’s credability, perhaps. And I am sure many folks have heard from their Rabbi’s and priests of other marvelous wonders. Ahhh… Ahhhh .. Ahhhhhhhh. Ahhhhhdonthinksoooooooo.
Ages at AD 40
- Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (Wikipedia) – Deceased for fifty-two years(52[RB1] ). He was the founder of the royal association with the name Agrippa due to the demand Emperor Augustus (Wikipedia) had for his sought-after skills.
- Roman Emperor Tiberius (Wikipedia) – Deceased for three years(3).
- Jesus (Wikipedia) – Deceased for five(5) to eight(8) years.
- Herod Antipas (Wikipedia) – The Herod linked with the death of Jesus. There is no record of him after AD 39.
- Antonia Minor (Wikipedia), daughter of Mark Anthony (Wikipedia) and mother to Germanicus (Wikipedia) – Her son, Germanicus, fathered Caligula (Wikipedia), Nero’s father (Wikipedia), and four other children. She died in AD 37 at age seventy-three(73). She was known for her role with young royals such as Caligula when he was seventeen(17) in AD 29, Antiochus IV, and possibly Herod Agrippa I and II. Amongst her friends or associates were the wealthy Alexandrian Jew Alexander the Alabarch (Wikipedia) and Lucius Vitellius (Wikipedia). Lucius was father of one of the emperors that followed Nero from the year of four emperors (Wikipedia). Had she been alive, Antonia would’ve been seventy-six(76). Her other son was Emperor Claudius, who features heavily in this corruption. When Antonia’s husband, Nero Claudius Drusus (Wikipedia), died in 9 BC, she never remarried, making her a regent mother – a true black widow, potentially. She probably deserves more attention than I can give her at this time. She is related to the Claudian, Tiberius, and Agrippa lines. One can’t help but wonder how differently things may have turned out had her husband and son lived. But then again, what if Cyrus had failed in his siege of Babylon? That’s history for you.
- Caligula (Wikipedia), age twenty-eight(28) – Roman emperor at the time. Even though he was twenty-two years younger than Herod Agrippa I, some history records rate them as friends (Wikipedia).
When several kings came to Rome to pay their respects to him and argued about their nobility of descent, he [Caligula] cried out “Let there be one Lord, one King”
An observer said of Caligula, “Never was there a better servant or a worse master!”
- Gamaliel (Wikipedia) – In his senior years; later associated as a Christian sympathizer and teacher of Paul/Saul/Saulus.
- Philo the Alexandrian (Wikipedia) – A philosopher sixty years old(60); called to Rome by Caligula around AD 40.
- Apion (Wikipedia) – Aged sixty(60); a target of the works of Flavius Josephus; involved in Caligula’s investigation of troubles between the Greeks and the Jews at Alexandria, Rome’s key grain port.
- Herod Agrippa I, another that titled himself as Great (Wikipedia) – Aged fifty(50) and was king of the Jews by Roman support from both Caligula and Claudius. His “advice” helped Claudius to secure the role of emperor (Wikipedia) after the death of Caligula. Another “young” royal associated with Antonia Minor. Claudius, Antonia’s son. was also aged fifty and was a likely attendee of Antonia’s court for young royals. But then again, according to some reports, the mother-son relationship was not that close.
- Emperor Claudius (Wikipedia) – Not yet emperor, but he would have been Agrippa’s age, fifty(50).
- Alexander the Alabarch (Wikipedia) – Aged fifty(50) to fifty-five(55); “mysteriously” imprisoned by Caligula. Alexander was brother to Philo the Alexandrian and to Lysimachus (Wikipedia). Alexander had been a long-time friend of Antonia Minor’s youngest child, the future Emperor Claudius (Wikipedia), and he had a financial relationship with Antonia Minor.
- Tiberius Julius Alexander (Wikipedia) – Around thirty years of age(30), he was a son of Alexander Alabarch; Philo the Alexandrian was his uncle. Interestingly he became an equestrian (Wikipedia) governor and general in the Roman Empire (Wikipedia). He also become procurator of Judea (AD 46–48) under Claudius. Whilst prefect of Egypt (AD 66–69), he employed his legions against the Alexandrian Jews. In AD 70 he participated in the Siege of Jerusalem (Wikipedia) as Titus’ (Wikipedia) second in command. His brother Marcus (Wikipedia), husband of Agrippa I’s daughter Berenice (Wikipedia), died in August AD 44. Berenice’s father, King Agrippa I, then arranged for her to marry her uncle Herod of Chalcis (Wikipedia) in AD 44. Agrippa I also dies that year. It’s around the same time that the apostle James dies and those men called Theudas (Wikipedia), Simon, and James (BibleStudyTools.com) from another mystery sect. During the First Jewish War, Berenice developed a love affair with Titus and was also romantically linked to her own brother, Agrippa II. She would have been twelve in at AD 40.
- Ptolemy of Mauretania (Wikipedia) – Aged fifty(50) and the last Roman client king of Mauretania (Wikipedia). He was also one of the young royals associated with Antonia Minor. He was executed by Caligula allegedly due to jealousy (ego).
Much prior to Ptolemy’s death, Caligula had sent him a peculiar message stating: “Do nothing at all, neither good or bad, to the bearer. Claudius tried a Roman Senator called Gaius Rabirius Postumus for treason who before tried unsuccessfully to recover money from Ptolemy.”
“Gaius Rabirius Postumus, defended by Cicero (54 BC) in the extant speech Pro Rabirio Postumo, when charged with extortion in Egypt and complicity with Aulus Gabinius. Rabirius was a member of the equites order who lent a very large sum of money to Ptolemy Auletes (Ptolemy XII), king of Egypt. Afterwards, Ptolemy XII refused to repay the money and had Rabirius imprisoned. When Auletes threatened Rabirius’ life, the latter escaped to Rome, where he was accused by the Senate of Rome. He was defended by Cicero and acquitted.”
- Vipsania Agrippina (Wikipedia) Deceased twenty years at age fifty-six(56) in AD 20. She was the first and beloved wife to Tiberius. She married Tiberius when she was seventeen(17) in 19 BC. She is the mother to Tiberius I’s son. The loss of son and wife eventually left Emperor Tiberius troubled.
- Julia the Elder (Wikipedia) – Deceased twenty-six years at age fifty-three(53) in AD 14. She was the second wife of Tiberius and the only biological child of Emperor Augustus. There are hints of a spoiled and scandalous (Wikipedia) character. She married Agrippa at eighteen, when he was forty-three. Then she was married, by royal request, to a reluctant Tiberius when she was twenty-eight in 11 BC. Vipsania, whom Tiberius had to divorce, was twenty-five years old at the time, and Tiberius was around fifty-three. Julia already had five children by Agrippa, including Agrippina the Elder; by 6 BC they had separated. During their marriage, Agrippa and Julia had the occasion to visit with the original King Herod. This may have been related to an influence that led Herod to use the Agrippa name in his family.
- Agrippina the Elder (Wikipedia) – Married to Germanicus (Wikipedia), the firstborn son of Antonia Minor (Wikipedia). Agrippina the Elder was mother of six surviving children, including Emperor Caligula, Agrippina the Younger, and Julia Drusilla (Wikipedia) (died AD 38). Antonia Minor was her mother-in-law. Agrippina the Elder had a bitter relationship with her stepfather, Emperor Tiberius (Wikipedia), accusing him of Germanicus’s death and battling him for power. She died in AD 31 aged forty-seven years(47).
- Agrippina the Younger (Wikipedia) – Also known as Agrippina Minor or Julia Agrippina, she was twenty-five(25). She was the daughter of Agrippina the Elder (who was the paternal granddaughter to Antonio Minor), As Roman empress, and sister to Caligula. She was the mother of Nero and the future wife of her uncle Emperor Claudius in AD 49. Her brother Caligula expelled her from Rome to Ventotene (Wikipedia) in AD 39. Claudius lifted the exile imposed on her and her sister Livilla (Wikipedia) in AD 41. She died in AD 59 aged forty-three years(43).
Agrippina the Younger has been described by both the ancient and modern sources as ‘ruthless, ambitious, violent and domineering’. She was a beautiful and reputable woman and according to Pliny the Elder, she had a double canine in her upper right jaw, a sign of good fortune. Many ancient historians accuse Agrippina of poisoning Emperor Claudius, though accounts vary.
Agrippina’s two elder brothers and her mother were victims of the intrigues of the Praetorian Prefect Lucius Aelius Sejanus” Aged 51 at the time of his execution in 31AD.
Nero was Agrippina’s only natural child. Suetonius states that Domitius [Agrippina’s first husband and natural father of Nero] was congratulated by friends on the birth of his son, whereupon he replied “I don’t think anything produced by me and Agrippina could possibly be good for the state or the people”.
This link (Wikipedia) reflects the strange and troubled relationship between Caligula and his sisters.
- Apostle James Zebedee (Wikipedia) – In his senior years, maybe forty(40) to fifty(50).
- James the Just (Wikipedia) – Alleged brother of Jesus and nominee for the Dead Seas Teacher of Righteousness (Wikipedia). Aged around forty(40).
- Paul/Saul/Saulus (Wikipedia) – Aged thirty-five(35) and possibly related to the Herodians. Associated directly with magical happenings, thus placing his story under suspicion.
- Mark (Wikipedia), the aide of Peter the Apostle – Alleged author of the Gospel of Mark (Wikipedia) and later the Patriarch of Alexander (Wikipedia); age unknown.
- Antiochus IV of Commagene (Wikipedia) – Aged twenty-three(23) and king of Armenia for two years by then. When Caligula came to power, he expanded Antiochus’s kingdom. His role continues to the fourth corruption.
Antiochus was on most intimate terms with Caligula, and he and King Agrippa I are spoken of as the instructors of the emperor in the art of tyranny. This friendship, however, did not last very long, for he was subsequently deposed by Caligula. Antiochus did not obtain his kingdom again till the accession of Roman Emperor Claudius in 41. In 43 his first son, Gaius Julius Archelaus Antiochus Epiphanes, was betrothed to Drusilla, a daughter of Agrippa I.
- Agrippa II (Wikipedia) – Thirteen years of age(13). See corruption four for more information. Later Agrippa II, son of Agrippa I, would be asked with his sister Bernice by the Roman Procurator of Judea, Porcius Festus, to assist in the mini-trial of the Apostle Paul. He was educated in Rome.
- Nero (Wikipedia) – Four years of age(4); see corruption four.
- Gauis (Caius) (Wikipedia) – Two years old(2); see corruption four. Not to be confused with Caligula, sometimes also recorded as Caius, he was the son of Antiochus IV of Commagene (Wikipedia). He was educated in Rome and was later betrothed to Drusilla, the daughter of Agrippa I, around AD 44. He refused because he did not want to adopt the customs and religion of the Jewish people. Around AD 49 he would be betrothed to Drusilla’s sister Mariamme; King Agrippa II would cancel this wedding for the same reasons.
[RB1]I want the reader to be able to quickly visualize the age relationships at a point in time. bringing focus to the possible age maturity of the individual