694. The Herodians

Matthew 22:16; Matthew 16:6; Mark 3:6; Mark 8:15; Mark 12:13  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 10
These Herodians were rather a political than a religious party. They were Jews who attached themselves to the political fortunes of the Herodian family, hoping thereby to promote the interests of the Jewish people. They were not very strict in observing the requirements of the Jewish ritual; and, although in this respect they were the opposite of the Pharisees, they easily united with that powerful body in efforts to ruin Jesus, as appears from this verse in connection with the fifteenth. See also Mark 3:6; 12:136And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. (Mark 3:6)
13And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. (Mark 12:13)
. Some suppose, from comparing Matthew 16:66Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (Matthew 16:6) with Mark 8:1515And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. (Mark 8:15), that the Herodians were all Sadducees; that they belonged to what is knowns the Baethusian branch of that body.