Vitellius, "You're Fired", Galba "You're Re-Hired"
In Response To: Smoke Vitellians! *LINK* ()


Yes, they make a tidy trio of hanged-men.

I still think the "ravenous wolf" Galba makes a better association with Paul the "Benjamite" and as the one "fish that got away" from the fish farming of Vespatian and Titus.

For the benefit of the other readers, please see the discussion at Caesar's Messiah:

Continuing with the theme of Jesus and Paul as Neo-Alexander and Neo-Ptolemy ... these associations render the expectation that Jesus would be the greater in the short term, but that the royal line would actually continue through Paul. However, it was Jesus that proved to be more lucky in fatherhood, at least in terms of producing royal sons. Paul perhaps had a royal daughter (Aemilia Lepida?) and married a daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (Tamar/Sarah/Helen III?), but the male line of rulers came through Jesus and his son Josephes/Josephus (Nerva) and through John the Baptist and his sons/grandsons (Trajan & Hadrian).

The change in roles is depicted in Paul's "Road to Damascus" experience. Paul is blinded, as Alexander the Great was blinded from his poisoning. Paul passed through a symbolic death in identification with Alexander the Great.

By the time of this "event", it was probably already clear that Paul was not going to be capable of producing qualified heirs to the throne. He would therefore have to identify more with Alexander the Great, while Jesus would become more of a Ptolemy. From then on, Paul became a more public figure while Jesus stayed out of the limelight. Paul and Jesus were twins. There roles were very much interchangeable. Both are referred to as "Alexander" by Josephus.

Josephus recorded that Alexander son of Herod the Great had two sons (Tigranes and Alexander) by Glaphyra, and a daughter as well. Antiquites (Chapt. V) reads, "Tigranes, who was king of Armenia, was accused at Rome, and died childless; Alexander had a son of the same name with his brother Tigranes and was sent to take possession of the kingdom of Armenia by Nero; he had a son, Alexander, who married Jotape, the daughter of Antiochus, the king of Commagena; Vespasian made him king of an island in Cilicia. But these of descendants of Alexander, soon after their birth deserted the Jewish religion, and went over to that of the Greeks". (Whiston translation)

The key phrase is, "Alexander had a son of the same name with his brother Tigranes". The correct interpretation of this now appears to be: "Alexander [son of Herod the Great] had a son [also called Alexander] of the same name with his brother Tigranes". In other words, both sons of Alexander son of Herod the Great became kings of Armenia under the traditional Armenian king-name of Tigranes. We are not told when the first Tigranes was accused in Rome, only that the second, Alexander, was appointed during the reign of Nero. In fact, both brothers could have been ruling in Armenia at the same time.

The above excerpted from the following post: