Well, that is a cliffhanger … but not as bad as it could have been.
I’m not even sure where to start this week, so I’ll start with history. Caligula did indeed order that a statue of him be placed in the temple in Jerusalem. It never made it that far; wind of it reached the public, who protested, and the new Roman governor (Pilate’s replacement) refused to install it in the temple out of fear of a rebellion. Sources are hazy on what happens next; some think that the current King Herod, a friend of Caligula, convinced him to forget the idea. The other and more likely story is that Caligula died before he could take action against the new Roman governor. Continue reading