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Who is Herod Antipas?
        HER'OD ANTI'PAS
        tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea, Luke 3:1, b.c. 4-a.d. 39. He was the second son of Herod by his fourth wife, Malthace. Like his father, he was ambitious and fond of ostentation. Our Lord refers to his cunning when he terms him "that fox," Luke 13:32. He also lavished large sums of money on public works, and built Tiberias, so called after the Roman emperor Tiberius. Induced thereto by his wife, Herodias, he went to Rome to secure the title of king. Charged, however, with crimes, he was deposed from his office by Caligula, and banished to Lyons. Herod Antipas is mentioned at least five times in the N.T. He is brought the most prominently forward in the history of John the Baptist. The prophet denounced the adulterous relation in which he was living with Herodias, the legal wife of Herod Philip (not the tetrarch Philip, who married Salome), his brother. Herod listened with pleasure to John, but, instigated by his wife, he put him in prison, and in obedience to a rash oath to Salome, although with hesitating will, had him beheaded, Mark 6:16-28. Herod was also one of the judges before whom our Lord appeared at his trial. He happened to be at Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, and Pilate sent Christ to him, as he was a Galilean. Herod was very desirous to see Jesus, having heard of him before, Mark 6:14, and asked many questions, none of which, however, were answered, Luke 23:7-12. This incident is again referred to Acts 4:27. From the Gospels we get his character as a votary of pleasure and debauchery, Mark 6:22; superstitious, Mark 6:16; and cunning, Luke 13:32.


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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'herod antipas' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary".
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