Continuing with the Biblical Bad Guys series, the Primary Class learned about another ruler that fits the bad guy category. This time, Herodias, the wife of Herod Antipas.
Herod Antipas was one of Herod the Great’s sons. At the death of Herod the Great, Herod the Great’s kingdom was split into different sections with each of his remaining sons ruling one of those sections. For Herod Antipas, that meant he ruled Galilee and Perea.
During Herod Antipas’ reign, a man named John the Baptist began preaching about repentance and began to prepare the way for Jesus. Herod Antipas heard about John the Baptist’s teaching and liked what he had heard. But when John the Baptist realized that Herod Antipas had taken his brother’s wife, Herodias, as his own, John brought Herod Antipas’ and Herodias’ wrongs to light. John began spreading the word that Herod Antipas had done wrong and this made Herodias, Herod Antipas’ wife, very angry. So angry, in fact, that she would have killed John herself, but knew she could not and instead he was put into prison.