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Herod’s Vanity and Death
Acts 12.20-25

Whether or not Luke was aware of the comic value of the previous interlude, he was certainly aware of the powerful impact of the story with which he now closes the first half of his book. The official king of the Jews plays at being a pagan princeling, and comes to a bad end; meanwhile, the word of God grows and multiplies. You couldn’t say it much clearer than that. Herod Agrippa I died in ad 44, as we know from various sources; so Luke’s story so far has covered about a dozen years (depending on when precisely we date the crucifixion of Jesus), and the second half will cover a slightly longer period...

Taken from Acts for Everyone Part 1 by Tom Wright

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