Texts: Malachi 2:17-3:5; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Philip and Herod were not much better. They were sons of Herod the Great, the bloodthirsty king of Judea. Due to political intrigue and his own paranoia, he ordered multiple executions, even within his own family. Augustus allegedly joked “it is better to be Herod’s pig than his son" (a pun in Greek: ‘better to be his hus than his huios’), because Herod was half Jewish and, as such, didn’t eat pork, so at least his pig would be safe. (Macrobius, Saturnalia, 2:4:11) Luke will later recount how this Herod, Herod Antipas, decapitated John the Baptist to protect his pride (Lk 3.19ff) and executed James the Apostle, brother of John and son of Zebedee, and arrested Peter with the intent of executing him (Acts 12).