People of the New Testament

Barabbas

Barabbas

Barabbas had been imprisoned, waiting for trial, when Jesus was in custody during the Passover. He is referred to in Matthew as a “notable prisoner” (Matt. 27:16). John’s Gospel refers to Barabbas as a “robber,” a word usually reserved for the Zealots (18:40). Today, Barabbas might be called either a terrorist or a freedom fighter, […]

Herod Antipas

Herod Antipas

BACKGROUND Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great. He was called Herod the Tetrarch, ruler of Galilee from 4 B.C.E. to 39 C.E. (Luke 3:1). Herod founded a city in Galilee called “Tiberias,” named after the Roman Emperor. Jesus called him “that fox” when he heard certain Pharisees report Antipas’ threat to kill […]

James, the Brother of Jesus

James, the Brother of Jesus

James, the brother of Jesus, is mentioned several times in the New Testament. Matt. 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (See also Mark 6:3) After the resurrection: I Cor. 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then […]

Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea was a man of great wealth, according to the Gospel of Matthew. He was also a member of the ruling judicial body of the Jews, called the Sanhedrin, which met together in the Temple. The Sanhedrin was a seventy-member body of priests made up of scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. Joseph was from […]

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