Notes taken while listening to espisode 3 of Romans video series on RightWay Media (by Mart De Haan [with Jimmy DeYoung]).
Ceaseria Phillipi (named in honor of Caesar Augustus) was the administrative center (for the Romans) of Palestine.
Herod was put in by the romans as the ‘King of the Jews’. He had a palace in Jerusalem. He also built up Ceaseria and had a palace there. (Herod, of course killed all the babies at the time of Jesus’ birth.)
Roman tax in Jesus time was lower than US tax in America (today).
The Romans had lots of gods (to who laid the rail), but they didn’t have an answer for mortality and what happens after death. This was a big flaw, a gaping hole, in fact, in the system of gods the Romans had.
The book of Romans (by Paul) was circulated throughout the Romans Empire and had widespread affect.
Much (most) of the New Testement is counter-cultural.
In chapters 3 and 5 of Romans explains how we ‘get right’ with God. This would have been welcomed by many at the time.