2. The Pharisees were separatists who rejected contacts with the Roman occupiers. The Herodians were collaborators with the Romans. What cause, recorded in the Gospels, united the Pharisees and Herodians? (a) Building the temple; (b) hatred of Herod; or (c) a plot to destroy Jesus.
3. What was the connection between Mary the mother of Jesus and Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist ? (a) next door neighbors; (b) the same age; or (c) blood relatives.
1.(b) Herod the tetrarch (Mark 6:20). John the Baptist had preached against Herod for marrying the wife of Herod's brother Philip. Herod arrested John to silence him, but he wanted to protect John because he respected and feared him (vv. 17, 18).
2. (c) A plot to destroy Jesus (Mark12:12,13).Both felt their plans threatened by the spiritual kingdom of Jesus.
3. (c) Blood relatives (Luke 1:36).