Monday, April 20, 2020

Review of Jacobson, Agrippa II: the last of the Herods

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW: Agrippa II: the last of the Herods.
David M. Jacobson, Agrippa II: the last of the Herods. Routledge ancient biographies. London; New York: Routledge, 2019. xxviii, 232 p.. ISBN 9781138331815 $112.00.

Review by
Michael Girardin, Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale.
The book is in English. The review is in French.

There were a lot of Herods and sorting them out can be confusing. For that, see the link here for a helpful post at the "Is That In The Bible?" Blog.

There were two (Herod?) Agrippas. Agrippa I (see here and links) is best known for being eaten alive by worms (Acts 12).

Agrippa II (see here and here and links) presided over Paul's trial, according to Acts 23-26. He was accompanied by his sister Julia Berenice (see here and links), who was the lover of the Emperor Titus.

There is some doubt about how accurate the Book of Acts is in its depiction of the two Agrippas.

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