RE: [XTalk] Re: Friends of Caesar
See Raymond Brown's commentary on 4G for explanation of phrase "friend of
>Dave Hindley said:
>Robert Brenchley said:
> >>Quite right, I believe Herod the Great was a member [of the "Friends
>of Caesar" club] (some recommendation!). Was Pilate? I don't have a
>copy of Suetonius to hand, but I seem to remember that Pilate was
>appointed by Sejanus, not personally by [Tiberius]. Or maybe my memory
>is playing tricks.>>
>He was so appointed, but as an Equestrian rank governor over a_____________________________________________________________________________________
>third-rate province, I doubt he was ever publicly assigned such an
>honor. If I am not mistaken, was not the title "friend of Caesar"
>something to be assigned to client kings and princes in the buffer
>states, and not to individual Romans? It would sort of be like
>"Favored Nation Status" for a nation that does business with the USA.
>What the author of the Gospel of John meant by this kind of phrase was
>anyone's guess, but I would think it was intended to have a sense sort
>of like Caesar's mythical speech "friends, Romans, countrymen..."
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- Josephus has a brief discussion oh Herod as firend of caesar.
Caesar said that one was safer being Herod's pig than Herod's son.
Josephus records in Antiquities of the Jews, XVI, ix 3; Book 16, section 286
that Augustus was furious with Herod in 8 BCE and threatened to treat him no
longer as a friend (Client), but as a subject (subject to taxes). Josephus
stated that Augustus wrote to Herod. The sum of his epistle was this, that
whereas of old he had used him as his friend, he should now use him as his
Richard H. Anderson