Easton's Bible Dictionary
bearer of victory, The eldest daughter of Agrippa I.,
the Herod Agrippa of Acts
12:20 . After the early death of her first husband she was married to her
uncle Herod, king of Chalcis. After his death (A.D. 40) she lived in incestuous
connection with her brother Agrippa II. ( Acts
25:13 , 25:23
). They joined the Romans at the outbreak of the final war between them and the
Jews, and lived afterwards at Rome.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
one that brings victory
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(bringing victory) The eldest daughter of Herod Agrippa
I. ( Acts
12:1 ) etc. She was first married to her uncle Herod, king of Chaleis, and
after his death (A.D. 48) she lived under circumstances of great suspicion with
her own brother, Agrippa II., in connection with whom she is mentioned, ( Acts
25:13 , 25:23
) as having visited Festus on his appointment as procurator of Judea.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ber-ni'-se (Bernike "victorious"):
One of the shameless women of the Bible, mentioned in Acts 25:13 , 23 ; 26:30.
She was the eldest daughter of Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:1 , 6 , 11 , 21) who ruled
from 38-45 AD. Her whole life from the Jewish standpoint was incestuous. Its story
is told by Josephus (Ant XIX, v, 1; XX, vii, 1-3), also by Juvenal (6, 156). Her
first husband was her own uncle, Herod of Calchis. After his death she consorted
with her own brother Agrippa II, with whom she listened to the impassioned defense
of Paul at Caesarea before Felix. For a while she was married to King Ptolemy
or Polemo of Sicily, who for her sake embraced Judaism, by the rite of circumcision.
But she left him soon to return to Agrippa. Later on she figures shamefully in
the lives of Vespasian and Titus, father and son. If heredity stands for anything,
its lessons are forcibly taught in the history of the Herodian family.
Henry E. Dosker
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