Analysis Of Herod The Great ( Antipas And Philip )

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In due course, Herod the Great (Antipas and Philip) transforms the Jewish territory into a thriving Roman Judea; from a rough, largely agricultural land, to one boasting with modern cities, roads, aqueducts and harbors. Particularly, the city of Caesarea Philippi became an eventful center for the Greek-Roman culture; known for its prestigious status as the capital city of Herod Philip and its substantial gentile population. Hence, these facts demonstrate how commonplace pagan beliefs were among the society that lives there. Along with this dominating, progressive side of Roman life, their sexual influence befalls the area with its pagan presence. Besides the Jewish people, and other religious sects, society’s perspective towards sex becomes that of the pagan Roman Empire’s practices; essentially, allowing lust to flourish everywhere in its culture. As a result, the goat god’s popularity became significant, to the point of pagan’s attempt at monotheism, (belief in one god); which, escalates during this time and allegedly Pan, meaning ‘all,’ became a good candidate for the position. Although, the goat god never acquires full authorization, off the record, he gradually transforms into an unofficial religion; one could say Pan became the leading enduring god of the religion of lust. Jesus’ Heroic Episode at the Gates of Hell Approaching Caesarea Philippi one finds the area swarming with pagan temples that became legendary for idolatry, where the cult of Pan/Satan thrives

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