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III  5   Going separate ways

3.5.1.
The two solutions for a Galilean identity developed gradually and existed alongside each other. Antipas obviously hesitated

Gerizim, ancient ruins
Gerizim, ancient ruins

to favour one of the solutions over the other. On the one hand, the monarchist model strengthened his position in the political system; on the other hand, the Jews had a strong lobby and gave important support for his rule.

3.5.2.
A decision was only reached when Antipas married his sister-in-law Herodias, in approx. 31 AD. Herodias, a granddaughter of Herod, was aware of the power balance; she saw the governor Jesus as a competitor and urged Antipas to dismiss him. Jesus then went into exile in Tyre in 32 AD.

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