A slave in the household of Caiaphas who was fluent in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Egyptian
and Arabic. He was, from the first, a secret disciple of John the Baptizer. Later
he became a disciple of Yeshua, often slipping information to Yeshua concerning the
secret plottings of Caiaphas and Ananus. With the crucifixion of Yeshua and the reported
rumors of his resurrection, Shemiah fled the house of Caiaphas and journeyed to Galilee
to witness for himself the post-resurrectional teachings of Yeshua.
Shemiah lived quietly in the city of Tiberius where he found employment in the palace
of Herod as a scribe. Herod soon learned that Shemiah was the runaway slave of Caiaphas.
But so valuable were Shemiah’s skills as an interpreter that Herod protected Shemiah’s