Biblical Bad Guys: Herodias

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.

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Biblical Bad Guys: Herod the Great

For the last couple of weeks, the Primary Class has learned about Queen Esther and the bravery she showed in saving her people from evil Haman’s plan.  (If you missed it, you can check those posts out herehere, and here)  For the next series, the Primary Class will be learning about “biblical bad guys”.  Studying about the bad guys of the Bible can teach us just as many important lessons as we would learn by studying up on Bible heroes.

For the first lesson in the series, the Primary Class learned about King Herod, otherwise known as Herod the Great.


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