Coinage of Herod Antipas

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circa 50 CE

The coin of Herod found at the site, inside the antechamber, of the synagogue, bears the date 29 CE a year before what according to Christian tradition to have been the date of Jesus' crucifixion. It had the names "Tiberius" and "Herodias Tetrarch," namely Herod Antipas, best known to us for imprisoning and beheading the Baptist. It is very likely that the mosaic of this floor was laid before the coin fell, though of course the coin may have fallen some years after its minting.