Herod Agrippa was not Anointed


A rabbi on YouTube claims that Agrippa was the Moshiach / anointed one in Daniel 9, so I am answering this.

The rabbi’s name is irrelevant, and I do not want to popularize his name.

Daniel 9:

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,[f] the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.

26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.[g] The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary

Prophecy of the 70 weeks is a dramatic prophecy, and would not be about an insignificant king.

Anointed kings only belonged to the early Davidic line, not Edomites who worked for Rome.

Agrippa was an Edomite, appointed by the Roman emperor, and so was not anointed.

Neither Agrippa I nor II were NOT “cut off” or killed, and died natural deaths.

There were no anointed kings after Josiah of the First Temple period, and therefore no anointed kings in the Second Temple period.




The anointing oil was compounded only once in Jewish history, by Moses (Ex. 30:31–33), and the supply made by him sufficed for the whole period from the anointing of Aaron and his sons until the residue was hidden away by Josiah.

Anointing oil was therefore not used for the kings and high priests after Josiah, and it was one of the five appurtenances used in the First Temple but not in the Second.

After the anointment of Aaron and his sons only high priests and the priest anointed for war (the appellation of the Talmud for the priest mentioned in Deut. 20:2 ff.; Mishnah Sotah 8:1) were anointed. Every high priest and "priest anointed for war" was anointed, the former even if he succeeded his father as high priest.

On the other hand, from Solomon onward only kings of the Davidic dynasty whose succession was disputed or was in doubt were anointed (as was Jehu, see below). Where the succession was natural and undisputed no anointing took place.

Thus Solomon was anointed on account of the rival claims of Adonijah (I Kings 1:39), Joash because of Athaliah (II Kings 11:12), and Jehoahaz because Jehoiakim was his senior by two years (II Kings 23:30).

This anointing of David and his descendants was by oil poured from a horn.

For Saul, the only non-Davidic king to be anointed with oil, a cruse was used (I Sam. 16:13) since "his kingdom was not a lasting one."



Herodian Dynasty

The Herodian dynasty was a royal dynasty of Idumaean (Edomite) descent, ruling the Herodian Kingdom and later the Herodian Tetrarchy, as vassals of the Roman Empire. The Herodian dynasty began with Herod the Great, who assumed the throne of Judea, with Roman support, bringing down the century long Hasmonean Kingdom.

His kingdom lasted until his death in 4 BCE [disputed, could be 1 BCE], when it was divided between his sons as a Tetrarchy, which lasted for about 10 years.

Most of those tetrarchies, including Judea proper, were incorporated into Judaea Province from 6 CE, though limited Herodian de facto kingship continued until Agrippa I‘s death in 44 CE and nominal title of kingship continued until 92 CE, when the last Herodian monarch, Agrippa II, died and Rome assumed full power over his de jure domain.

Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod; thanks to his friendship with Emperor Caligula, the emperor appointed him ruler with the title of king over the territories of Herod Philip I in 37 CE, which were after Herod Philip’s death in 34 CE shortly part of the Roman province of Syria, and in 39 CE he was given the territories of Herod Antipas.

In 41 CE, Emperor Claudius added to his territory the parts of Iudea province, that previously belonged to Herod Archelaus. Agrippa died in 44 CE.

Agrippa I’s son Agrippa II was appointed King and ruler of the northern parts of his father’s kingdom. He actively participated in the quelling of the Great Revolt of Judea on the Roman side.

Agrippa II was the last of the Herodians, and with his death in 92 CE the dynasty was extinct, and the kingdom became fully incorporated into the Roman province of Judaea.

4 Responses to “Herod Agrippa was not Anointed”

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  2. The Rabbi never said anything about King Agrippa in regards to Daniel 9. He said that the anointed one that is “cut off” in Daniel 9 was the High Priest, referring to the Roman -Jewish war between 63-70ce.

    In the Artscroll, King Agrippa is mentioned as the one who is “cut off” in the commentary for Daniel 9.

    • lyndsey

      rabbi is wrong and so is artscroll.

      if you read the references, king agrippa was king until he died of old age

      a major prophecy is not about some no name priest who died in 70 ad….prophecy ends in about 30 ad

  3. Religious Jews who reject(ed) Jesus look(ed) for any and every excuse to continue to reject Him. It’s good to have the actual facts on hand. Thanks.

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