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Archelaus – ruler of the people, son of Herod the Great, by Malthace, a Samaritan woman. He was educated along with his brother Antipas at Rome.

He inherited from his father a third part of his kingdom viz., Idumea, Judea, and Samaria, and hence is called “king” (Matt. 2:22).

It was for fear of him that Joseph and Mary turned aside on their way back from Egypt.

Till a few days before his death Herod had named Antipas as his successor, but in his last moments he named Archelaus.

Noah Moses

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