Directly from Jerusalem, Holy land, An ancient Roman bronze coin of King Herod AGRIPPA II, 44 AD
Herod Agrippa ruled as King of Judaea from, 37 - 44 AD.
Agrippa is also called the Great (10 BC - 44 AD), King of the Jews, was the grandson of Herod the Great, and son of Aristobulus IV and Berenice. His original name was Marcus Julius Agrippa, and he is the king named Herod in the Acts of the Apostles, in the Bible, "Herod (Agrippa)". He was, according to Josephus, known in his time as "Agrippa the Great" Agrippa II was the son of Agrippa I and in A.D. 44, the year of his father's death, the emperor Claudius wished to give him the kingdom of his father, but he was dissuaded from his purpose because a youth of seventeen was hardly capable of assuming responsibilities so great. About 50 A.D. he was made King of Chalcis, and afterwards ruler of a much larger territory including the lands formerly governed by Philip and Lysanias. He was also titular king of Judea, and in twenty years appointed seven high-priests. When the Jews wished to free themselves from the dominion of Rome in the time of Florus, Agrippa showed them the folly of violent measures, and gave them a detailed account of the vast resources of the Roman empire. Saint Paul pleaded before this king, to whom Festus, the governor, referred the case. The Apostle praises the king's knowledge of the "customs and questions that are among the Jews"; Josephus likewise appeals to his judgment and calls him a most admirable man. It was, therefore, not out of mere compliment that Festus invited him to hear what Saint Paul had to say. His answer to the Apostle's appeal has been variously interpreted: it may mean that Saint Paul had not quite convinced him, which sense seems to suit the context better than the irony that some see in the king's words. The indifference, however, which he manifested was in harmony with the " great pomp" with which he and his sister Berenice had entered the hall of audience. After the fall of Jerusalem he lived at Rome, where he is said to have died in the third year of Trajan, 100 A.D. The coin is nicely set in a sterling silver handmade pendant
Obverse: Canopy around inscription
Reverse: Three ears of barely issuing from between two leaves in field
Dimensions: Length: 2.5 cm - Width: 1.9 cm
Found in Jerusalem, Israel
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