Herod Agrippa I (10? bc-ad 44), last king of Judea (ad 41-44). A grandson of Herod the Great, Herod Agrippa spent his youth at the court of the Roman emperor Tiberius, where he was appointed companion to the emperor's grandson, Gaius Caesar (later Emperor Caligula). When Caligula acceded to the throne in ad 37, he made Agrippa tetrarch (ruler) of Batanea and Trachonitis, territories east of the Sea of Galilee, in what is now southern Syria. His possessions were later expanded, and in 41 Emperor Claudius I made him king of Judea. To preserve peace, Herod Agrippa adopted a pro-Jewish policy. His extreme personal piety and official support of Jewish interests endeared him to the people but earned him the strong disfavor of both the Roman civil population and the Roman troops in his domains.
Father: Aristobulus IV of Judea
Mother: Bernice of Judea
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