Perhaps Shakespeare’s tragedy, Julius Caesar, brought the idea of the Ides of March to English speakers. Without his play, it seems that March 15 might not be remembered as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. A Roman seer warned Caesar to be wary of that day. Before the day dawned, Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, had a nightmare. In it, she was holding her murdered husband. That morning Caesar hesitated to go to the Senate but was convinced he had nothing to worry about.
Unless you read history or study Shakespeare, the date would mean little. But in March and April this year and other years, we celebrate another death that means a great deal—the death of Jesus. His death was announced by more than a nightmare or a seer with a vague warning of the Ides of March. Details of his death were sprinkled throughout the Old Testament.
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Author: John A. Braun
Volume 108, Number 3
Issue: March 2021