19 Facts About Agrippa I


Herod Agrippa was a King of Judea from AD 41 to 44.

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Agrippa I's territory comprised most of the territory defined after 136 CE as Roman Palestine, including Judea, Galilee, Batanaea, and Perea.

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Agrippa I was born Marcus Julius Agrippa, so named in honour of Roman statesman Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.

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Josephus informs us that, after the execution of his father, young Agrippa I was sent by his grandfather, Herod the Great, to the imperial court in Rome.

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Agrippa I was favourably received by Tiberius, who entrusted him with the education of his grandson Tiberius Gemellus.

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Agrippa I became friends with Caligula, then a popular favourite.

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Agrippa I was awarded the ornamenta praetoria and could use the title amicus Caesaris.

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Caligula presented him with a gold chain equal in weight to the iron one he had worn in prison, which Agrippa I dedicated to the Temple of Jerusalem on his return to his ancestral homeland.

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Agrippa I was then granted his uncle's tetrarchy, consisting of Galilee and Peraea.

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Agrippa I was equally generous in Sebaste, Heliopolis and Caesarea.

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Agrippa I began the building of the third and outer wall of Jerusalem, but Claudius was not thrilled with the prospect of a strongly fortified Jerusalem, and he prevented him from completing the fortifications.

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Agrippa I's friendship was courted by many of the neighbouring kings and rulers, some of whom he housed in Tiberias, which caused Claudius some displeasure.

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Agrippa I minted coins without a human figure head or Roman deity in deference to the biblical commandments not to make graven images.

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Agrippa I's efforts bore fruit and he persuaded Caligula to temporarily rescind his order, thus preventing the Temple's desecration.

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Agrippa I was immediately smitten with violent pains, scolded his friends for flattering him and accepted his imminent death in a state of Teshuva.

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Agrippa I experienced heart pains and a pain in his abdomen, and died after five days.

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Agrippa I ruled four years under Caius Caesar, three of them were over Philip's tetrarchy only, and on the fourth that of Herod was added to it; and he reigned, besides those, three years under Claudius Caesar, during which time he had Judea added to his lands, as well as Samaria and Cesarea.

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Acts 12 gives a similar account of Agrippa I's death, adding that "an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms":.

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King Agrippa I stood and received it and read standing, and the sages praised him for doing so.

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