EF/EF Aretas IV Nabatean AE15 / King and his Queen

Ancient Coins - EF/EF Aretas IV Nabatean AE15 / King and his Queen
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Attribution: Meshorer 97
Date: 16 AD
Obverse: Aretas standing wearing sword and holding spear, palm branch in l. field
Reverse: Queen Shuqailat l. with right arm raised, wreath in left field
Size: 15.88 mm
Weight: 2.6 grams
Description: The Nabatean Kingdom was one of several small kingdoms that existed in what is now Syria, Jordan and the southern Arabian peninsula, bordering the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea (modern Yemen). Aretas was the king during the entire life of Jesus Christ. Herod Antipas was first married to Phasaelis, a daughter of Aretas. Later, he divorced her in order to marry Herodias. Herodias had been the wife of Herod Antipas' half-brother (who was also called Herod). To make matters worse, Herodias was also the daughter of another half-brother, Aristobulus. Marriage to one's niece was also permitted, but marriage to a woman who was both one's sister-in-law and one's niece was most unusual. According to the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist criticized the king and was consequently killed. Herod Antipas' subjects were convinced that the war with Aretas that broke out in 36AD, and the Arabian successes during this war, were a divine punishment. Aretas is mentioned twice in the New Testament; Paul wrote: "When I was in Damascus, the governor under king Aretas placed guards at the city gates to arrest me. But I was let down in a basket through an opening in the wall and escaped from him." (2 Cor. 11:32-33, see Acts 9:20-25).
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