Rulers and the life of Christ

The life of Christ was influenced by rulers like Augustus Caesar, Herod the Great, and Pontius Pilate. Below, are links to sites which present some of these rulers.

Herod the Great

Herod the Great ruled over Palestine when Jesus was born. Herod murdered several members of his own family, and was generally hated by his subjects. Herod ordered innocent children to be killed in Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus. Learn more about Herod the Great at the excellent website.

Herod in the News

In 2002 doctors researching the death of Herod concluded that he died of kidney failure and gangrene.

Herod Antipas

Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great. He took his half-brother's wife, and imprisoned John the Baptist for condemning this action. At the request of his step-daughter, Herod Antipas ordered the beheading of John (Matthew 14:1-12).

Learn more about Herod Antipas at

Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea who presided over the trial of Jesus. Learn more about historical accounts of Pilate and about biblical accounts of Pilate.

Augustus Caesar

Augustus Caesar ruled Rome during the time of Christ. Read a brief biography on Augustus to learn more about his reign.

Did you know the month of August is named after Augustus?