(an' tih pass) names a martyr in Revelation and the son of Herod the Great. 1. The tetrarch of Galilee at the time John the Baptist and Jesus began their public ministries (Luke 3:1). Antipas, whose name is an abbreviation of Antipater, ordered John the Baptist beheaded (Matthew 14:3). Pilate sent Jesus to Antipas prior to the crucifixion. On that occasion, he treated Jesus with scornful contempt (Luke 23:11). This won the friendship of Pilate. See Herod.
2. According to tradition, the martyr of the church of Pergamum in
Revelation 2:13 was roasted in a brazen bowl at Domitian's request.
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