15961RE: [XTalk] Herod Antipas
- May 6, 2004His mother was a Samaritan. His father's forebears were Idumaean, and
opinions differed as to how many generations must pass before the
descendants of a convert became proper Jews. What does that make Antipas?
He played second fiddle to Archelaus when it came to divvying up the
territory. His marriage to a royal niece, who had the audacity to divorce
his brother before contracting another dubious marriage and insisted she be
his one and only wife, provoked a war.
None of this proves him effeminate, but does set him up as the butt of
caustic humour, and malicious gossip: Drunkenness may have been routine
for a man educated in Rome. Succumbing to the allures of his young wife's
even younger daughter. Presenting her with JBap's head on a platter.
Thinking Jesus might be JBap redivivus. Asking for a stunt miracle at
Jesus' arraignment. He fell out with Pilate as well as Aretas.
How does this stack up against the reputation of your regular wannabe
monarch of the era?
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