That day, Ann and I became friends. And poor unsuspecting Steve became our common “enemy.”


Rivals No More


Want to know how to make a friend out of an enemy? Have a common rival.


In the days of Jesus, Pilate and Herod (which means “son of a hero”) were enemies. But, not for long. In one early morning meeting, Jesus made them “friends.”


As we established in the last installment of Creed, Pilate was the Roman governor over Judea. Herod Antipas was the Tetrarch of Galilee. He was not the same Herod who attempted to eliminate Jesus shortly after his birth. That Herod was “Herod the Great,” who had been appointed by Julius Caesar and who was a particularly cruel and somewhat insane individual. When he died in 4 BC, he left behind four sons (having murdered the others):


1.      Herod Philip (son of Mariamne, daughter of Simon, the High Priest)

2.      Herod Philip (son of Cleopatra of Jerusalem)

3.      Herod Archelaus (son of Malthase)

4.      Herod Antipas (son of Malthase)


Herod Philip (Son of Cleopatra of Jerusalem)


Herod Philip, son of Cleopatra of Jerusalem was the first Jewish tetrarch to put his “mug” on a coin. His kingdom was small and he was content to rule over it. He is mentioned ever so briefly in the Bible: (Luke 3:1)


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis…


Herod Philip (Son of Mariamne)


Herod Philip, son of Mariamne, was a private citizen, excluded from all share of his father’s inheritance, though his story is very important to the understanding of Jesus’ relationship to the “Herods” of His day. Herod Philip was married to a woman named Herodias. Their daughter was Salome, who became the wife of Herod Philip, son of Cleopatra, and who danced for the head of John the Baptist.


Herod Archelaus (elder son of Malthase)