The Jewish Chief Priest during the time of Jesus and the early Church was appointed by the Romans. Therefore, when Paul worked as a policeman for the High Priest, he was working for Rome. How long did Paul’s working relationship with Rome last?
“In Paul’s epistles Paul referred to and praised individuals who were part of the Roman occupation of Judea. Paul referred to “his kinsman Herodian,” who was Herod of Chalus, King Herod Agrippa’s brother. Paul referred to Aristobulus, who was King Herod Agrippa’s son. Paul referred to Epaphrodite, who was Roman Emperor Nero’s personal secretary! These connections may explain why Paul was rescued and protected from the Jewish crowds wanting to kill him in Jerusalem by FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY Roman troops! (Gary: Why was Paul so important to Rome? Would they have called out almost 500 troops for just any Roman citizen?)
Paul taught submission to Roman authority, pretending that such submission was required under Jewish law (it is not).” —-Asher Norman, orthodox Jewish author of, Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus
Gary: One of the primary pieces of “evidence” that Christians use for the historicity of the Resurrection is the conversion of the Christian-hating/persecuting Jewish Pharisee, Saul/Paul of Tarsus, due to an appearance by the dead Jesus to him on the Damascus Road. But if Paul was an agent of Rome, this “conversion” may have been planned by his Roman superiors as a means to create divisions/discord among the Jews, who as a people were becoming a growing menace to the peace, tranquility, and security of the empire. Were Paul’s sufferings as a “follower” of Jesus just part of his cover??