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005 Tiberius

Roman Tribute Penny [silver denarius] from the Bible depicting Tiberius

Tiberius Caesar Augustus (November 16, 42 BCMarch 16, AD 37), was the Second Roman Emperor, he ruled between 14 and 37. The Gospels record that during Tiberius' reign, Jesus of Nazareth preached and was executed under the authority of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. In the Bible, Tiberius is mentioned by name only once, in Luke 3:1, stating that John the Baptist entered on his public ministry in the fifteenth year of his reign. Many references to Caesar (or the emperor in some other translations), without further specification, actually refer to Tiberius.

Similarly, the "Tribute Penny" referred to in Matthew 22:19 and Mark 12:15 is popularly thought to be a silver denarius coin of Tiberius.

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Roman Emperors[]

Julio-Claudian dynasty
Born: 16 November 42 BC Died: 16 March AD 37
Preceded by
Roman emperor
AD 14–37

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
M. Licinius Crassus
Roman consul
13 BC

Succeeded by
M. Valerius Messalla Appianus
Preceded by
G. Marcius Censorinus
Roman consul II
7 BC

Succeeded by
D. Laelius Balbus
Preceded by
G. Vibius Marsus
Roman consul III
AD 18

Succeeded by
L. Seius Tubero
Preceded by
M. Valerius Messala Barbatus
Roman consul IV
AD 21

Succeeded by
D. Haterius Agrippa
Preceded by
L. Naevius Surdinus
Roman consul V
AD 31

Succeeded by
Gn. Domitius Ahenobarbus