Friday 22 March 2013

Herod Agrippa I

The podium where Herod Agrippa I died


A view of the breathtaking Mediterranean from the theatre

This is one of the theatres in Caesarea Maritime (Caesarea on the sea, half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, great city built by Herod the Great). I'm sitting exactly where Herod Agrippa I took ill: see the account in the Acts of the Apostles 12:21-23:
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. (NIV)
Josephus reports the same incident in practically the same way, noting, however, that Herod died 5 years later.

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