Whenever there are footnotes in a narrative or book, they’re there, first, to verify that what has been stated or referenced is real – and has involved research. The reason this information is in a footnote – is because it’s not the main event. What’s fascinating about the account of Jesus’ life – is who is featured and who is an oh-yeah-they-were-there-too. The major talking point in the world of that day was Caesar Augustus. The one discussed round the meal table in most Jewish homes – was Herod. Both were a big deal in that day – but only footnotes in Jesus’ story.
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