Herod Agrippa II
King Herod Agrippa II
Trouble-shooter? Well, he tried..
Bible reference: Acts 25:13-26:32
Agrippa II was the great-grandson of Herod the Great, raised and educated at the imperial court in Rome.
He was a friend of Rome but a loyal patron of his Jewish subjects, and he did what he could to avert to cataclysm that began in 66AD, when the Jewish Rebellion broke out.
Ultimately he sided with the Romans, because he knew they would win. Pragmatism was part of his nature. But he was also well-placed to negotiate for the survivors at the end of the War.
Agrippa II and Paul of Tarsus.
In 60AD, when Paul had been in prison for two years, the procurator in Judea, Festus, consulted Agrippa concerning his case.
This happened during a visit that Agrippa and his much-bedded sister Bernice were making to Caesarea (Agrippa and Bernice were said to be having an incestuous affair, though the writer of Acts tactfully does not mention this).
Paul defended himself vigorously, and those who listened to him commented that he might have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor - which entailed a further trial in Rome.
Agrippa II assisted the Romans when the Jewish Revolt broke out. He probably hoped to mitigate Roman vengeance by interceding whenever possible for his people.
In 70AD he helped Titus' son in the final conquest of Jerusalem, when the Temple was pulled down stone by stone.
After the rebellion had been suppressed, Agrippa II apparently lived on until 93AD.
He was the last of the Herods.
luxurious, impregnable until the Romans came....
remote fortress where Herod Antipas killed John the Baptist
luxurious winter palace of Herod the Great
a hill fortress where there had been only flat ground
Wailing Wall is all that's left of Herod's Jerusalem
A family that
went down in history for its villainy
Was Salome an
innocent party, or a devious young woman out to kill her mother's enemy?
Bible Stories: People of
the New Testament: Herod the Great, Herod Antipas and Herod Agrippa