Tensions Mount As News of Baby King Spreads

Jerusalem – about 3 AD

Dignitaries from a rival eastern empire have arrived in Jerusalem professing to be in search of a king who has recently been born. They say this heir to the Jewish throne was brought to their attention because of a star that designates his existence and they want to worship him. Herod has been speaking with them on diplomatic terms, but sources from inside the Palace say he and his advisers are extremely concerned about the political ramifications of such declarations of kingship. Priests and scribes are being consulted about ancient prophecy to aid in locating the baby, ostensibly so that Herod will be able to go pay homage himself. Further meetings are being held behind closed doors.

  • This just in, from a source in the palace who spoke on conditions of anonymity: “King Herod might believe the prophecies, sure – but more importantly, he knows that this type of rumor will spread like wildfire through the Jewish community. They’ve been waiting for a ‘King’ to come and ‘re-establish their nation’ ever since the Romans came in and changed the government. King Herod, as a child, could have been described as ‘doesn’t share with others.’ We’re all a little worried about how he will handle these issues.” The source went on to add, “The current religious authority in Jerusalem has been rumored to be working closely with King Herod for some time now, and we anticipate that they won’t be too pleased with a political change at this point, either.”

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  • great follow-up story!

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