Bernice was the oldest daughter of Herod Agrippa 1, who ruled Palestine A.D. 37-44 (Acts 25:13).

According to Josephus, who was an historian who lived during the first century, Bernice was married to a man named Marcus and later to her uncle Herod, king of Chalcis, who soon afterward died.

She later married Polemo, king of Cilicia, but deserted him. She traveled to Jerusalem and lived with Herod Agrippa 2. That's when Paul made his defense before him (Acts 25:13, 23; 26:30).

History tells us Bernice eventually became the mistress of Titus, who commanded the Roman army against the Jews, and destroyed Jerusalem in A.D.70, and later became emperor.

The name Bernice means "victorious."

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