Women of the Word: Bernice

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Bernice is mentioned in the book of Acts in these places – Acts 25:13, 23; 26:30. She was the oldest daughter of Herod Agrippa I, and despite her royal heritage, she was not a very chaste woman. After her first husband died, Bernice married her uncle Herod. After he died, she was romantically involved with King Agrippa, who was also her brother. It is when she is with Agrippa that she hears Paul passionately tell his testimony of how God changed his life. When Agrippa listened to Paul, he said, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” But from Bernice, we get no such exclamation. Continue reading