Herod Agrippa II
Herod Agrippa II - last of the line
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 and wedded 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).
The Trial of Paul, Nikolai Bodarevsky
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. At right is a detail from the Arch of Titus, showing the Menorah from the Temple, taken as spoils of war by the Roman troops.
After the rebellion had been suppressed, Agrippa II apparently lived on until 93AD.
He was the last of the Herods.
Isolated, luxurious, impregnable until the Romans came....
The remote fortress where Herod Antipas killed John the Baptist
The luxurious winter palace of Herod the Great
Building a hill fortress where there had been only flat ground
The Wailing Wall is all that's left of Herod's Jerusalem
Bible Stories: People of the New Testament: Herod the Great, Herod Antipas, Herod Agrippa: Bible Study Resource