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(1.) Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great by his Samaritan wife Malthace. According to the Bible, he was tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea during the entire lifetime of Jesus. (Luke 23:7).

The Biblical account describes Herod Antipas as follows. He is characterized as a frivolous and vain prince, and charged with many infamous crimes (Mark 8:15; Luke 3:19; 13:31, 32). He is held to have beheaded John the Baptist (Matt. 14:1-12) at the instigation of Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Herod-Philip, whom he had married. According to the Bible, Pilate sent Jesus to him when he was at Jerusalem at the Passover (Luke 23:7). Herod Antipas asked some idle questions of him, and after causing him to be mocked, sent him back again to Pilate.

The wife of Chuza, Herod Antipas's house-steward, was one of Jesus's disciples (Luke 8:3).

(2.) A "faithful martyr" (Rev. 2:13), of whom nothing more is certainly known.

From Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897), with subsequent editing. Standard Wikipedia warning on such articles:

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