A group of Romans traveling through a dark wood hesitant when they experience a thunderstorm with a cloudless sky and black birds circling in the wrong direction. This clip shows Roman proclivities towards omen and superstition.
Examines the cultural confrontation between the powerful Roman Empire and the Jewish Kingdom of Judea as Roman power and influence grew in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Romans are fascinated by the Jewish religion and the Jewish people question subordination to Roman rule.
A herald reading in public informs the Roman people of an upcoming visit of Prince Herod to the city. Because of the Prince's visit, Romans are advised to keep their mockery of the Jewish religion to a minimum.
Explains the centrality of the Temple in Jerusalem and the importance of the priests who performed rituals there in the time of the Romans. The priests were willing to put up with Roman rule as long as religion was not interfered with.
John Green explains the history of Judaism in Rome. He mentions that the Jews were tribal people of Judea, a Roman Province, and covers some of the characteristics and beliefs of their religion, such as monotheism and the Covenant. He also details traits about the Jews' God, such as singularity and transcendence.