MBTI Type: ISFJ
Caiaphas is steeped in personal mythology and significance, in the faith of his forefathers and in upholding the ancient prophecies. He is fearful of losing control over the Temple and tries to protect all the old laws and traditions through persecuting the Messiah that threatens the delicate social order in place in Jerusalem. His personal experiences and beliefs are of great value to him, and he merely wants to protect and maintain things “as they are,” in the hope that the Jews as a nation can outlive the Roman occupation. His wife’s assertiveness troubles him, because it reflects poorly on his station as a high priest. Caiaphas makes many decisions motivated for the greater goodwill of his people; his relationship with Pilate is based on his diplomatic and sensitive approach to the tyrant, his attempts to peace-keep and prevent outbreaks of violence, and his willingness to allow himself to be humiliated for the great good of Judea. Others can sway him to direct or strong courses of action (or away from them), and he becomes intensely emotional when others threaten what he holds dear. He relies on his own internal logic to get him out of difficult situations but is not as good at strategy and action as his wife. Fear constantly nags at him, in an intense situation… that he might lose his position in the Temple and be replaced as High Priest… that Pilate will start massacring Jews… that Jesus will threaten everything he holds dear… that Joseph of Arimethea’s actions will be seen as a fulfillment of prophecy … the disciples will steal the body… Caiaphas is careful, but not able to see the big picture enough to avoid political entanglements with Pilate, which end badly. He is reluctant to embrace change, because he cannot foresee all ends (inferior Ne).
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Caiaphas is primarily driven through fear – of what the Romans might do, to him, to his family, to their people. He strongly identifies with his racial group (the Jews) and feels comfort in being surrounded by like-minded people who worship in the traditional ways. His fear of anything new keeps him from embracing it. He spends most of his time trying to run interference – being fearful, then assertive, putting on a courageous front to cover up his inner anxiety. He’s responsible and suspicious, not a risk-taker, but also warm, good-hearted, and likable, easily personable and able to make others (minus Pilate) like him. He focuses on doing what’s best for the greater interests of society, and in maintaining his status. His 5 wing grounds him, makes him self-reliant, and enables him to trust his own decisions. Under anxiety, he’s driven to action and becomes hyper-obsessed with how his wife makes them “look” (disintegrating to 3).