The Vibe of Rome

Rome overruns Jerusalem in 64BC and Judea becomes part of the Roman Empire. Emperor Julius Caesar orders the country to be run by proconsuls and although Judea is right at the eastern edge of the Roman Empire, the locals find themselves at the mercy of a military superpower. The vibe is weak. Roman soldiers patrol the streets and taxes must be paid to Caesar. Unsurprisingly, everyone hates the Romans and the local Jews long for a deliverer who will raise up an army to liberate them. By the time Jesus begins his teaching, the Roman vibe has been going on for almost a century. Herod is a king in name and is really just a puppet in the hands of the Romans. Pontius Pilate is the local proconsul in Jerusalem and has indifferent vibes towards internal Jewish affairs, such as Jesus calling himself King of the Jews. Still, he puts on a show to execute Jesus, giving him a full blown Roman Crucifixion rather than a more ‘humane’ stoning that the Jews might have put together themselves. The vibe of Rome continues to be brutal after the death of Jesus. Emperor Nero has a pathological hatred of Christians, and Paul and several of the Disciples meet a grisly end as Rome attempts to shut down Christianity. Fortunately the vibe of Jesus is stronger than the vibe of the Roman Empire and today, Rome is the most important centre of Christianity in the world. The justice vibe is strong.

General vibe of Rome: We’re in charge now.

Factvibe: The Roman historians Josephus, Tacitus, Seutonius and Pliny the Younger all mention a Jewish leader called ‘Christus.’
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