Herod Antipas

King over Galilee who executed John the Baptist and mocked Jesus before the crucifixion.

The ruler (tetrarch) of Galilee and Peraea during the time of Jesus, Herod Antipas ruled from 4 B.C.E. to 39 C.E. He was the son of Herod the Great and a Samaritan woman. Antipas is mentioned a number of times in the Gospels, always referred to there as “Herod.” His divorce and subsequent marriage to Herodias (his niece and the former wife of his half brother) brought a rebuke from John the Baptist. Herod Antipas eventually had John put to death. Luke’s Gospel tells the story of Pontius Pilate sending Jesus to Herod Antipas for questioning prior to the crucifixion (Luke 23:6-12).