TRIAL OF JESUS AT CAIPHAS' PALACE
Reconstruction of the Palace and administrative center of Caiphas,
The location of events on the night of Jesus' arrest in Jerusalem is uncertain, but it seems likely that he spent part of that night in the Palace of Caiphas. Following his arrest
These three events may have taken place somewhere in the palace illustrated above. Though called the Palace of Caiphas, it was of course the administrative center for all high priests during the Roman occupation.
'The Roman occupation of Palestine was not ideal, but Rome was no worse and a good deal better than some of the other empires which had ruled the Jews in the past. With a few sad exceptions, most of the Roman officials did their best to avoid offending the Jews' religious sensibilities and tried to co-operate with the high priest.
The high priest was the chief religious authority in the land, but he had many other important responsibilities, including
High priests, drawn from the aristocracy, had to maintain law and order among the common people.
Caiaphas was the son-in-law of Annas the Elder, high priest from 6 - 15 AD and head of a family that controlled the high priesthood for most of the first century - so a man of great power and prestige. He was successful at what he did, and held his position of responsibility from 18 - 36AD. This suggests that the Romans trusted him.
Caiphas and Pontius Pilate, governing in tandem, must have agreed beforehand on how to deal with potential rebels like Jesus.
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