JERUSALEM — An Israeli boy who recently took a school trip to the Shilo Valley found a coin during his visit that turned out to be linked to the biblical king Herod Agrippa, who is stated in the Book of Acts to be responsible for the death of Jesus’ disciple James, and for jailing Peter, who later escaped with the aid of an angel.
According to reports, the student contacted the group leader about his find, who in turned reached out to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
The coin features three stalks of grain on one side, with the inscription “King Agrippa” on the other side, along with a royal canopy.
“It is an exciting find. Every archaeological find has a story behind it that sheds light on the history of Land of Israel and the Nation of Israel,” Hananya Hezmi, a member of COGAT with the Israeli Civil Administration told Arutz Sheva 7. “Findings like these complete another part of the historical puzzle of our people.”
Acts 12:1-5 states of Herod Agrippa, “Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.”
“And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him.”
Agrippa I is the grandson of Herod the Great, who sought to have Jesus killed following word of the savior’s birth.