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Herod Antipas was the first century AD ruler of Galilee and Perea who is probably best known for his part in the execution of John the Baptist and the crucifixion of Jesus. He divorced his first wife and took up with Herodias, the woman who had been married to his brother., and John the Baptist loudly condemned the adulterous state in which they lived. It was because of this that the Baptist was eventually killed. According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate who sent Him to Herod since he was the ruler of the area in which Jesus had been teaching. Herod, however, sent him back to Pilate. In 39 AD, his own nephew, Agrippa I, accused him of conspiring against the Roman emperor Caligula and he spent the rest of his life in exile.
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