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Herod (/ˈhɛrəd/; Hebrew: הוֹרְדוֹס‬, Modern Hōrədōs, Tiberian Hōreḏōs, Greek: Ἡρῴδης, Hērōdēs; 74/73 BCE – c. 4 BCE/1 CE),[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] also known as Herod the Great
Herod the Great
and Herod I, was a Roman client king of Judea,[10][11][12] referred to as the Herodian kingdom. The history of his legacy has polarized opinion, as he is known for his colossal building projects throughout Judea, including his expansion of the Second Temple
Second Temple
in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(Herod's Temple), the construction of the port at Caesarea
Caesarea
Maritima, the fortress at Masada, and Herodium. Vital details of his life are recorded in the works of the 1st century CE Roman–Jewish historian Josephus. Herod also appears in the Christian Gospel of Matthew
Gospel of Matthew
as the ruler of Judea
Judea
who orders the Massacre of the Innocents
Massacre of the Innocents
at the time of the birth of Jesus. Despite his successes, including singlehandedly forging a new aristocracy from practically nothing,[13] he has still garnered criticism from various historians. His reign polarizes opinion amongst scholars and historians, some viewing his legacy as evidence of success, and some as a reminder of his tyrannical rule. Upon Herod's death the Romans divided his kingdom among three of his sons and his sister—Archelaus became ethnarch of the tetrarchy of Judea, Herod Antipas
Herod Antipas
became tetrarch of Galilee
Galilee
and Peraea, Philip became tetrarch of territories north and east of the Jordan, and Salome I
Salome I
was given a toparchy including the cities of Jabneh, Ashdod, and Phasaelis.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Reign in Judea 3 Architectural achievements 4 New Testament references 5 Death

5.1 Successors

6 Herod's tomb 7 Opinion of his reign 8 Chronology

8.1 30s BCE 8.2 20s BCE 8.3 10s BCE 8.4 First decade BCE

9 Wives and children 10 Family trees

10.1 Ancestors 10.2 Marriages and descendants

11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

Biography[edit]

Copper
Copper
coin of Herod, bearing the legend "ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΗΡΩΔΟΥ" ("Basileōs Hērōdou") on the obverse

It is generally accepted that Herod was born around 73 BCE in Idumea, south of Judea.[14][not in citation given]. However, some authors think that he was born in about 72/71 BCE.[15] He was the second son of Antipater the Idumaean, a high-ranking official under ethnarch Hyrcanus II, and Cypros, a Nabatean. Herod's father was by descent an Edomite, descendants of Esau, whose ancestors had converted to Judaism. Herod was raised as a Jew.[16][17][18][19][20] A loyal supporter of Hyrcanus II, Antipater appointed his son Herod governor of Galilee
Galilee
in 47 BCE, when Herod was either about 25 or 28 years old.[21] His elder brother, Phasael, was appointed governor of Jerusalem. Herod enjoyed the backing of Rome, but his brutality was condemned by the Sanhedrin.[22] In 41 BCE, Herod and his brother Phasael were named as tetrarchs by the Roman leader Mark Antony. They were placed in this role to support Hyrcanus II. Later, Antigonus, Hyrcanus' nephew, took the throne from his uncle with the help of the Parthians. Herod fled to Rome to plead with the Romans to restore Hyrcanus II to power. The Romans had a special interest in Judea
Judea
because their general Pompey the Great had conquered Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in 63 BCE, thus placing the region in the Roman sphere of influence. In Rome, Herod was unexpectedly appointed King of the Jews by the Roman Senate.[23] Josephus
Josephus
puts this in the year of the consulship of Calvinus and Pollio (40 BCE), but Appian places it in 39 BCE.[2] Herod went back to Judea
Judea
to win his kingdom from Antigonus. Toward the end of the campaign against Antigonus, Herod married the granddaughter of Hyrcanus II, Mariamne (known as Mariamne I), who was also a niece of Antigonus. Herod did this in an attempt to secure his claim to the throne and gain some Jewish favor. However, Herod already had a wife, Doris, and a young son, Antipater, and chose therefore to banish Doris and her child. After three years of conflict, Herod and the Romans finally captured Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and Herod sent Antigonus for execution to Marc Antony. Herod took the role as sole ruler of Judea
Judea
and the title of basileus (Βασιλεύς, "king") for himself, ushering in the Herodian Dynasty
Dynasty
and ending the Hasmonean Dynasty. Josephus
Josephus
reports this as being in the year of the consulship of Agrippa and Gallus (37 BCE), but also says that it was exactly 27 years after Jerusalem
Jerusalem
fell to Pompey, which would indicate 36 BCE. Cassius Dio also reports that in 37 BCE "the Romans accomplished nothing worthy of note" in the area.[24] According to Josephus, Herod ruled for 37 years, 34 of them after capturing Jerusalem.

Model of Herod's Temple

As some believe Herod's family were converts to Judaism, his religious commitment was questioned by some elements of Jewish society.[25] When John Hyrcanus
John Hyrcanus
conquered the region of Idumaea (the Edom
Edom
of the Hebrew Bible) in 140–130 BCE, he required all Idumaeans to obey Jewish law or to leave; most Idumaeans thus converted to Judaism, which meant that they had to be circumcised,[26] and many had intermarried with the Jews and adopted their customs.[27] While Herod publicly identified himself as a Jew and was considered as such by some,[28] this religious identification was undermined by the decadent lifestyle of the Herodians, which would have earned them the antipathy of observant Jews.[29] Herod later executed several members of his own family, including his wife Mariamne I.[20] Reign in Judea[edit] Herod's rule marked a new beginning in the history of Judea. Judea
Judea
had been ruled autonomously by the Hasmonean kings from 140 BCE until 63 BCE. The Hasmonean kings retained their titles, but became clients of Rome after the conquest by Pompey in 63 BCE. Herod overthrew the Hasmonean Antigonus in a three-year-long war between 40 and 37 BCE, ruled under Roman overlordship until his death ca. 4 BCE/1 CE, and officially passed on the throne to his sons, thus establishing his own, so-called Herodian dynasty. Herod was granted the title of "King of Judea" by the Roman Senate.[30] As such, he was a vassal of the Roman Empire, expected to support the interests of his Roman patrons. Nonetheless, just when Herod obtained leadership in Judea, his rule faced two threats. The first threat came from his mother-in-law Alexandra, who sought to regain power for her family, the Hasmoneans,[31] whose dynasty Herod had overthrown in 37 BCE.[32] In the same year, Cleopatra
Cleopatra
married the Roman leader Antony.[33] Recognizing Cleopatra's influence over Antony, Alexandra asked Cleopatra
Cleopatra
for aid in making Aristobulus III the High Priest.[31] As a member of the Hasmonean family, Aristobulus III might partially repair the fortunes of the Hasmoneans if made High Priest.[31] Alexandra's request was made, but Cleopatra
Cleopatra
urged Alexandra to leave Judea
Judea
with Aristobulus III and visit Antony.[34] Herod received word of this plot, and feared that if Antony met Aristobolus III in person he might name Aristobulus III King of Judea.[34] This concern induced Herod, in 35 BCE, to order the assassination of Aristobulus, ending this first threat to Herod's throne.[5] The marriage of 37 BCE also sparked a power struggle between Roman leaders Octavian, who would later be called Augustus, and Antony.[33] Herod, owing his throne to Rome, had to pick a side, and he chose Antony.[35] In 31 BCE at Actium, Antony lost to Octavian, posing a second threat to Herod's rule.[7] Herod had to regain Octavian's support if he was to keep his throne.[35] At Rhodes
Rhodes
in 31 BCE, Herod, through his character, ability to keep Judea
Judea
open to Rome as a link to the wealth of Syria and Egypt, and ability to defend the frontier, convinced Octavian that he would be loyal to him.[8][9][10] Herod continued to rule his subjects as he saw fit. Despite the autonomy afforded to Herod in his internal reign over Judea, restrictions were placed upon him in his relations with other kingdoms.[36] Herod's support from the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
was a major factor in enabling him to maintain his authority over Judea. There have been mixed interpretations concerning Herod's popularity during his reign. In The Jewish War, Josephus
Josephus
characterizes Herod's rule in generally favorable terms, and gives Herod the benefit of the doubt for the infamous events that took place during his reign. However, in his later work, Jewish Antiquities, Josephus
Josephus
emphasizes the tyrannical authority that many scholars have come to associate with Herod's reign.[37] Herod's despotic rule has been demonstrated by many of his security measures aimed at suppressing the contempt his people, especially Jews, had towards him. For instance, it has been suggested that Herod used secret police to monitor and report the feelings of the general populace towards him. He sought to prohibit protests, and had opponents removed by force.[37] He had a bodyguard of 2,000 soldiers.[38] Josephus
Josephus
describes various units of Herod's personal guard taking part in Herod's funeral, including the Doryphnoroi, and a Thracian, Celtic (probably Gallic) and Germanic contingent.[38] While the term Doryphnoroi does not have an ethnic connotation, the unit was probably composed of distinguished veteran soldiers and young men from the most influential Jewish families.[38] Thracians
Thracians
had served in the Jewish armies since the Hasmonean dynasty, while the Celtic contingent were former bodyguards of Cleopatra
Cleopatra
given as a gift by Augustus
Augustus
to Herod following the Battle of Actium.[38] The Germanic contingent was modeled upon Augustus's personal bodyguard, the Germani Corporis Custodes, responsible for guarding the palace.[38] Herod spent lavish sums on his various building projects and generous gifts to other dominions, including Rome itself. His buildings were very large, ambitious projects. Herod was responsible for the construction of the Temple Mount, a portion of which remains today as the Western Wall. In addition, Herod also used the latest technology in hydraulic cement and underwater construction to build the harbor at Caesarea.[36] While Herod's zeal for building transformed Judea, his motives were not selfless. Although he built fortresses (Masada, Herodium, Alexandrium, Hyrcania, and Machaerus) in which he and his family could take refuge in case of insurrection, these vast projects were also intended to gain the support of the Jews and improve his reputation as a leader.[39] Herod also built Sebaste and other pagan cities because he wanted to appeal to the country's substantial pagan population.[36] In order to fund these projects, Herod utilized a Hasmonean taxation system that heavily burdened the Judean people. Nevertheless, these enterprises brought employment and opportunities for the people's provision.[40] In some instances, Herod took it upon himself to provide for his people in times of need, such as during a severe famine that occurred in 25 BCE.[41] Although he made many attempts at conforming to traditional Jewish laws, there were more instances where Herod was insensitive, which constitutes one of the major Jewish complaints towards Herod as highlighted in Jewish Antiquities. In Jerusalem, Herod introduced foreign forms of entertainment, and erected a golden eagle at the entrance of the Temple, which suggested a greater interest in the welfare of Rome than of Jews.[40] Herod's taxes garnered a bad reputation - his constant concern for his reputation led him to make frequent, expensive gifts, increasingly emptying the kingdom's coffers, and such lavish spending upset his Jewish subjects.[39] The two major Jewish sects of the day, the Pharisees
Pharisees
and the Sadducees, both showed opposition to Herod. The Pharisees
Pharisees
were discontented because Herod disregarded many of their demands with respect to the Temple's construction. The Sadducees, who were closely associated with priestly responsibilities in the Temple, opposed Herod because he replaced their high priests with outsiders from Babylonia
Babylonia
and Alexandria, in an effort to gain support from the Jewish Diaspora.[42] Herod's outreach efforts gained him little, and at the end of his reign anger and dissatisfaction were common amongst Jews. Heavy outbreaks of violence and riots followed Herod's death in many cities, including Jerusalem, as pent-up resentments boiled over. The scope of the disturbances sparked hopes that the Jews of Judea
Judea
might some day overthrow the Roman overlords, hopes reawakened decades later in the outbreak of the Great Revolt of 70 CE[39] Architectural achievements[edit] Main article: Herodian architecture Herod's most famous and ambitious project was the expansion of the Second Temple
Second Temple
in Jerusalem. Herod's rebuilding of the Second Temple
Second Temple
in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was done so that he would "have a capital city worthy of his dignity and grandeur"[36] and with this reconstruction Herod hoped to gain more support from the Jews.[36] Recent findings suggest that the Temple Mount
Temple Mount
walls and Robinson's Arch
Robinson's Arch
may not have been completed until at least 20 years after his death, during the reign of Herod Agrippa II.[43] In the 18th year of his reign (20–19 BCE), Herod rebuilt the Temple on "a more magnificent scale".[44] Although work on out-buildings and courts continued for another 80 years, the new Temple was finished in a year and a half.[45] To comply with religious law, Herod employed 1,000 priests as masons and carpenters in the rebuilding.[44] The finished temple, which was destroyed in 70 CE, is sometimes referred to as Herod's Temple. Today, only the four retaining walls remain standing, including the Western Wall. These walls created a flat platform (the Temple Mount) upon which the Temple was then constructed. Herod's other achievements include the development of water supplies for Jerusalem, building fortresses such as Masada
Masada
and Herodium, and founding new cities such as Caesarea Maritima
Caesarea Maritima
and the enclosures of Cave of the Patriarchs
Cave of the Patriarchs
and Mamre
Mamre
in Hebron. He and Cleopatra
Cleopatra
owned a monopoly over the extraction of asphalt from the Dead Sea, which was used in shipbuilding. He leased copper mines on Cyprus
Cyprus
from the Roman emperor. New Testament references[edit] Main article: Massacre of the Innocents Herod appears in the Gospel
Gospel
according to Matthew,[46] which describes an event known as the Massacre of the Innocents. According to this account, after the birth of Jesus, some magi from the East visited Herod to inquire the whereabouts of "the one having been born king of the Jews", because they had seen his star in the east (or, according to certain translations, at its rising) and therefore wanted to pay him homage. Herod, as King of the Jews, was alarmed at the prospect of a usurper. Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the "Anointed One" (the Messiah, Greek: Ὁ Χριστός, ho Christos) was to be born. They answered, in Bethlehem, citing Micah 5:2. Herod therefore sent the magi to Bethlehem, instructing them to search for the child and, after they had found him, to "report to me, so that I too may go and worship him". However, after they had found Jesus, they were warned in a dream not to report back to Herod. Similarly, Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod intended to kill Jesus, so he and his family fled to Egypt. When Herod realized he had been outwitted, he gave orders to kill all boys of the age of two and under in Bethlehem
Bethlehem
and its vicinity. Joseph and his family stayed in Egypt
Egypt
until Herod's death, then moved to Nazareth
Nazareth
in Galilee
Galilee
to avoid living under Herod's son Archelaus. Regarding the Massacre of the Innocents, although Herod was guilty of many brutal acts including the killing of his wife and two of his sons, no other contemporary source refers to the massacre.[47] One reason that has been put forward for the lack of other sources for the alleged massacre is that Bethlehem
Bethlehem
was a small village, and thus the number of male children under the age of two might not have exceeded 20.[48] Of recent biographers of Herod, most doubt the event took place.[49] One exception is Stewart Perowne, who deems the killing "wholly in keeping with all that we know of him."[50] Other scholars such as Jack Finegan,[51] A. Schalit,[52] and Richard T. France[53] support the historicity of the event, or at least state there is nothing impossible about this command from Herod.[54] Death[edit]

Coin of Herod the Great

Herod died in Jericho,[14] after an excruciatingly painful, putrefying illness of uncertain cause, known to posterity as "Herod's Evil".[55][56] Josephus
Josephus
states that the pain of his illness led Herod to attempt suicide by stabbing, and that the attempt was thwarted by his cousin.[57] In some much later narratives and depictions, the attempt succeeds; for example, in the 12th-century Eadwine Psalter.[58] Other medieval dramatizations, such as the Ordo Rachelis, follow Josephus' account.[59] Most scholarship concerning the date of Herod's death follows Emil Schürer's calculations, which revised a traditional death date of 1 BCE to 4 BCE.[60][1][3][61][62] Two of Herod's sons, Archelaus and Philip the Tetrarch, dated their rule from 4 BCE,[63] though Archelaus apparently held royal authority during Herod's lifetime.[64] Philip's reign would last for 37 years, until his death in the 20th year of Tiberius
Tiberius
(34 CE), which implies his accession as 4 BCE.[65] Some scholars support the traditional date of 1 BCE for Herod's death.[66][67][68][69][70] Filmer and Steinmann, for example, propose that Herod died in 1 BCE, and that his heirs backdated their reigns to 4 or 3 BCE to assert an overlapping with Herod's rule, and bolster their own legitimacy.[2][3][4][1] In Josephus
Josephus
account, Herod's death was preceded by a lunar eclipse and followed by Passover.[71]

The Division of Herod's Kingdom:    Tetrarchy (Judea)
Tetrarchy (Judea)
under Herod Archelaus,   Territory under Herod Antipas   Territory under Herod Philip II    Salome I
Salome I
(cities of Jabneh, Azotas, Phaesalis)   Roman province of Syria   Autonomous cities (Decapolis)

Bronze coin of Herod the Great, minted at Samaria.

Scholars agree Herod suffered throughout his lifetime from depression and paranoia.[72] Josephus
Josephus
stated that Herod was so concerned that no one would mourn his death, that he commanded a large group of distinguished men to come to Jericho, and he gave an order that they should be killed at the time of his death so that the displays of grief that he craved would take place;[73] but his son Archelaus and his sister Salome
Salome
did not carry out this wish.[74] Successors[edit] Augustus
Augustus
respected the terms of Herod's will, which stipulated the division of Herod's kingdom among three of his sons.[75] Augustus recognised Herod's son Herod Archelaus
Herod Archelaus
as ethnarch of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea
Idumea
to 6 CE, referred to as the tetrarchy of Judea. Augustus
Augustus
then judged Archelaus incompetent to rule, removed him from power, and combined the provinces of Samaria, Judea
Judea
proper, and Idumea into Iudaea province.[76] This enlarged province was ruled by a prefect until the year 41. As to Herod's other sons, Herod Antipas
Herod Antipas
was tetrarch of Galilee
Galilee
and Peraea from Herod's death to 39 CE; Philip became tetrarch of territories north and east of the Jordan. Herod's tomb[edit]

Aerial photo of Herodium
Herodium
from the southwest

The location of Herod's tomb is documented by Josephus, who writes, "And the body was carried two hundred furlongs, to Herodium, where he had given order to be buried."[77] Professor Ehud Netzer, an archaeologist from the Hebrew University, read the writings of Josephus
Josephus
and focused his search on the vicinity of the pool and its surroundings. An article in the New York Times states,

Lower Herodium
Herodium
consists of the remains of a large palace, a race track, service quarters, and a monumental building whose function is still a mystery. Perhaps, says Ehud Netzer, who excavated the site, it is Herod's mausoleum. Next to it is a pool, almost twice as large as modern Olympic-size pools.[78]

It took thirty-five years for Netzer to identify the exact location, but on May 7, 2007, an Israeli team of archaeologists of Hebrew University, led by Netzer, announced they had discovered the tomb.[79][80][81][82] The site is located at the exact location given by Josephus, atop tunnels and water pools, at a flattened desert site, halfway up the hill to Herodium, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) south of Jerusalem.[83] The tomb contained a broken sarcophagus but no remains of a body. The Israel
Israel
Nature and Parks Authority and the Gush Etzion Regional Council intend to recreate the tomb out of a light plastic material.[84] In October 2013, archaeologists Joseph Patrich and Benjamin Arubas challenged the identification of the tomb as that of Herod. According to Patrich and Arubas, the tomb is too modest to be Herod's and has several unlikely features. Roi Porat, who replaced Netzer as excavation leader after the latter's death, stood by the identification.[85] Opinion of his reign[edit] The study of Herod's reign includes polarizing opinions on the man himself. His critics have described him as "the evil genius of the Judean nation",[86] and as one who would be "prepared to commit any crime in order to gratify his unbounded ambition."[87] His extraordinary spending spree is cited as one of the causes of the serious impoverishment of the people he ruled, adding to the opinion that his reign was exclusively negative.[88] Herod's religious policies gained a mixed response from the Jewish populace. Although Herod considered himself king of the Jews, he let it be known that he also represented the non-Jews living in Judea, building temples for other religions outside of the Jewish areas of his kingdom. Many Jews questioned the authenticity of Herod's Judaism
Judaism
on account of his Idumean
Idumean
background and his infamous murders of members of his family. However, he generally respected traditional Jewish observances in his public life. For instance, he minted coins without human images to be used in Jewish areas and acknowledged the sanctity of the Second Temple by employing priests in the construction of the Temple.[89] Along with holding some respect for the Jewish culture in his public life, there is also evidence of Herod's sensitivity towards Jewish traditions in his private life with the presence of around 40 ritual baths or mikvehs found in several of his palaces.[90] These mikvehs were known for being used in Jewish purity rituals during this time where Jewish people could submerge themselves in these pools and purify their bodies without the presence of a priest.[91] There is some speculation as to whether or not these baths were actual mikvehs as they have also been identified as stepped frigidarium or Roman cold-water baths; however, several historians have identified these baths as a combination of both types.[92] While it has been proven that Herod showed a great amount of disrespect towards the Jewish religion, scholar Eyal Regev suggests that the presence of these ritual baths shows that Herod found ritual purity important enough in his private life to place a large number of these baths in his palaces despite his several connections to gentiles and pagan cults.[92] These baths also show, Regev continues, that the combination of the Roman frigidarium and the Jewish mikvehs suggests that Herod sought for there to be some type of combination between the Roman and Jewish cultures as he enjoyed the purity of Jewish tradition and the comfort of Roman luxury simultaneously.[93] However, he was also praised for his work, being considered the greatest builder in Jewish history,[citation needed] and one who "knew his place and followed [the] rules."[94] In fact, what is left of his building ventures are now popular tourist attractions in the Middle East, which many have come to cherish as both a historical and religious area.[95] Chronology[edit]

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Further information: Herodian kingdom 30s BCE[edit]

39–37 BCE – Roman war against Antigonus. After the conquest of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and victory over Antigonus, Mark Antony
Mark Antony
executes him. 36 BCE – Herod makes his 17-year-old brother-in-law, Aristobulus III, high priest, fearing that the Jews would appoint Aristobulus III as "King of the Jews" in his place. 35 BCE – Aristobulus III is drowned at a party on Herod's orders. 32 BCE – The war against Nabatea begins, with victory one year later. 31 BCE – Judea
Judea
suffers a devastating earthquake. Octavian defeats Mark Antony, so Herod switches allegiance to Octavian, later known as Augustus. 30 BCE – Herod is shown great favor by Octavian, who at Rhodes confirms him as King of Judea.

20s BCE[edit]

29 BCE – Josephus
Josephus
writes that Herod had great passion and also great jealousy concerning his wife, Mariamne I. She learns of Herod's plans to murder her, and stops sleeping with him. Herod puts her on trial on a charge of adultery. His sister, Salome
Salome
I, was chief witness against her. Mariamne I's mother Alexandra made an appearance and incriminated her own daughter. Historians say her mother was next on Herod's list to be executed and did this only to save her own life. Mariamne was executed, and Alexandra declared herself Queen, stating that Herod was mentally unfit to serve. Josephus
Josephus
wrote that this was Alexandra's strategic mistake; Herod executed her without trial. 28 BCE – Herod executed his brother-in-law Kostobar[96] (husband of Salome, father to Berenice) for conspiracy. Large festival in Jerusalem, as Herod had built a theatre and an amphitheatre. 27 BCE – An assassination attempt on Herod was foiled. To honor Augustus, Herod rebuilt Samaria
Samaria
and renamed it Sebaste. 25 BCE – Herod imported grain from Egypt
Egypt
and started an aid program to combat the widespread hunger and disease that followed a massive drought. He also waives a third of the taxes. Herod began construction on Caesarea Maritima
Caesarea Maritima
and its harbor. 23 BCE – Herod built a palace in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and the fortress Herodion (Herodium) in Judea. He married his third wife, Mariamne II, the daughter of the priest Simon Boethus; immediately Herodes deprived Jesus
Jesus
the son of Phabet of the high priesthood and conferred that dignity on Simon.[97] 22 BCE – The Roman emperor Augustus
Augustus
granted him the regions Trachonitis, Batanaea, and Auranitis
Auranitis
to the northeast. Circa 20 BCE – Expansion started on the Temple Mount; Herod completely rebuilt the Second Temple
Second Temple
of Jerusalem.

10s BCE[edit]

Circa 18 BCE – Herod traveled for the second time to Rome. 14 BCE – Herod supported the Jews in Anatolia
Anatolia
and Cyrene. Owing to the prosperity in Judaea he waived a quarter of the taxes. 13 BCE – Herod made his first-born son Antipater (his son by Doris) first heir in his will. 12 BCE – Herod suspected his sons from his marriage to Mariamne I, Alexander and Aristobulus, of threatening his life. He took them to Aquileia
Aquileia
to be tried. Augustus
Augustus
reconciled the three. Herod supported the financially strapped Olympic Games
Olympic Games
and ensured their future. Herod amended his will so that Alexander and Aristobulus rose in the royal succession, but Antipater would be higher in the succession. Circa 10 BCE – The newly expanded temple in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was inaugurated. War against the Nabateans began.

First decade BCE[edit]

Tomb of Herod

9 BCE – Caesarea Maritima
Caesarea Maritima
was inaugurated. Owing to the course of the war against the Nabateans, Herod fell into disgrace with Augustus. Herod again suspected Alexander of plotting to kill him. 8 BCE – Herod accused his sons Alexander and Aristobulus of high treason. Herod reconciled with Augustus, who also gave him the permission to proceed legally against his sons. 7 BCE – The court hearing took place in Berytos (Beirut) before a Roman court. His sons Alexander and Aristobulus were found guilty and executed. The succession changed so that Antipater was the exclusive successor to the throne. In second place the succession incorporated (Herod) Philip, his son by Mariamne II. 6 BCE – Herod proceeded against the Pharisees. 5 BCE – Antipater was brought before the court charged with the intended murder of Herod. Herod, by now seriously ill, named his son (Herod) Antipas (from his fourth marriage with Malthace) as his successor. 4 BCE – Young disciples smashed the golden eagle over the main entrance of the Temple of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
after the Pharisee
Pharisee
teachers claimed it was an idolatrous Roman symbol. Herod arrested them, brought them to court, and sentenced them. Augustus
Augustus
approved the death penalty for Antipater. Herod then executed his son, and again changed his will: Archelaus (from the marriage with Malthace) would rule as ethnarch over the tetrachy of Judea, while Antipas (by Malthace) and Philip (from the fifth marriage with Cleopatra
Cleopatra
of Jerusalem) would rule as tetrarchs over Galilee
Galilee
and Peraea (Transjordan), also over Gaulanitis (Golan), Trachonitis
Trachonitis
(Hebrew: Argob), Batanaea (now Ard-el-Bathanyeh) and Panias. Salome I
Salome I
was also given a small toparchy in the Gaza region. As Augustus
Augustus
did not confirm his will, no one received the title of King; however, the three sons were granted rule of the stated territories.

Wives and children[edit]

Herod's wives and children

Wife Children

Doris

son Antipater II, executed 4 BCE

Mariamne I, daughter of Hasmonean Alexandros, executed 29 BCE

son Alexander, executed 7 BCE son Aristobulus IV, executed 7 BCE daughter Salampsio daughter Cypros

Mariamne II, daughter of High-Priest Simon

son Herod II

Malthace

son Herod Archelaus
Herod Archelaus
- ethnarch son Herod Antipas
Herod Antipas
- tetrarch daughter Olympias

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
of Jerusalem

son Philip the Tetrarch son Herod

Pallas

son Phasael

Phaidra

daughter Roxanne

Elpis

daughter Salome

a cousin (name unknown)

no known children

a niece (name unknown)

no known children

It is very probable that Herod had more children, especially with the last wives, and also that he had more daughters, as female births at that time were often not recorded.[98] Family trees[edit] Ancestors[edit] F=Olinivvia II

 

 

 

 

Antipater the Idumaean

 

Cypros (Nabatean)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phasael

 

Herod the Great

 

Joseph

 

Pheroras

 

Salome
Salome
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Herod the Great

 

Doris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antipater II d. 4 BCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander

 

Alexandra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod the Great

 

Mariamne I d. 29 BCE

 

Aristobulus III d. 35 BCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aristobulus d. 7 BCE

 

Berenice

 

Alexander d. 7 BCE

 

Phasael II

 

Salampsio

 

Antipater†

 

Cypros II†

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariamne III

 

Herod Archelaus

 

Herod V

 

Herodias

 

1. Herod II[dubious – discuss] 2. Herod Antipas

 

Herod Agrippa
Herod Agrippa
I

 

Aristobulus Minor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod Agrippa
Herod Agrippa
II

 

Berenice

 

Mariamne

 

Drusilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Boethus (High Priest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod the Great

 

Mariamne II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod the Great

 

Malthace (Samaritan)

 

 

 

 

Aretas IV king of Arabia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phasaelis

 

Herod Antipas

 

Mariamne III

 

Herod Archelaus

 

Olympias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herod the Great

 

Cleopatra of Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip the Tetrarch d. 34 CE

 

 

 

 

Notes. † " Cypros II". Calmets Great dictionary of the holy bible. 1812. p. 340. Image of p. 340 at Google Books  ‡ Family Tree of Herod

See also[edit]

Cultural depictions of Herod the Great Herod's Palace Herodian dynasty Herodian kingdom Herodium Judean date palm: Germination of 2000-year-old seed List of Hasmonean and Herodian rulers

References[edit]

^ a b c Marshall, Taylor. The Eternal City (Dallas: St. John, 2012), pp. 35-65. ^ a b c Steinmann, Andrew "When Did Herod the Great
Herod the Great
Reign?", Novum Testamentum, Volume 51, Number 1, 2009, pp. 1–29. ^ a b c Steinmann, Andrew. From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology (St. Louis: Concordia, 2011), pp. 235–238. ^ a b Filmer, W. E. "Chronology of the Reign of Herod the Great", Journal of Theological Studies ns 17 (1966), 283–298. ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. p. 72. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ Knoblet, Jerry. Herod the Great
Herod the Great
(University Press of America, 2005), p. 179. ^ a b Perowne, Stewart. Herod the Great. p. 75. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. pp. 77–79. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ Peters, Francis E. (2005). The Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition, Volume II: The Words and Will of God The Words And Will of God. Princeton University Press.  ^ Kasher, Aryeh; Witztum, Eliezer (2007). King Herod: a persecuted persecutor : a case study in psychohistory and psychobiography. Translation by Karen Gold. Walter de Gruyter.  ^ Cohen, Shaye. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Prentice Hall Biblical Archeological Society. p. 269.  ^ a b Perowne, Stewart H. (2013). "Herod". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 May 2013.  ^ Steinmann, Andrew "When Did Herod the Great
Herod the Great
Reign?", Novum Testamentum, Volume 51, Number 1, 2009, pp. 1–29. Andrew Steinmann, From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology. (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Pub. House, 2011), pp. 219-256. Filmer, W. E. "Chronology of the Reign of Herod the Great", Journal of Theological Studies ns 17 (1966), 283–298. ^ Herod at Encyclopædia Britannica: "...thus, Herod was, although a practicing Jew, of Arab origin on both sides." ^ "National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com". ngm.nationalgeographic.com.  ^ Aryeh Kasher and Eliezer Witztum, King Herod: A Persecuted Persecutor: A Case Study in Psychohistory, pp 19-23 ^ Jan Retsö,The Arabs in Antiquity: Their History from the Assyrians to the Umayyads, Routledge (2013), p. 374 ^ a b Richard R. Losch, All the People in the Bible, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (2008), p. 155 ^ Schürer, Emil, T. Alec. Burkill, Geza Vermes, and Fergus Millar. The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus
Jesus
Christ (175 B.C.-A.D. 135). Edinburgh: Clark, 1973. pp. 270-275. ^ Herod I at Jewish Encyclopedia: "He was of commanding presence; he excelled in physical exercises; he was a skillful diplomatist; and, above all, he was prepared to commit any crime in order to gratify his unbounded ambition." ^ Josephus. The Wars of the Jews 1.14.4: Mark Antony
Mark Antony
"then resolved to get him made king of the Jews…told them that it was for their advantage in the Parthian war that Herod should be king; so they all gave their votes for it. And when the senate was separated, Antony and Caesar went out, with Herod between them; while the consul and the rest of the magistrates went before them, in order to offer sacrifices [to the Roman gods], and to lay the decree in the Capitol. Antony also made a feast for Herod on the first day of his reign". ^ Dio, Roman History 49.23.1–2. ^ Atkinson, Kenneth (October 1996). "Herod the Great, Sosius, and the Siege of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(37 B.C.E.) in Psalm of Solomon
Solomon
17". Novum Testamentum. Brill. 38: 312–322. doi:10.1163/1568536962613216. JSTOR 1560892.  ^ Circumcision: Circumcision Necessary or Not? at Jewish Encyclopedia: "The rigorous Shammaite view, voiced in the Book of Jubilees
Book of Jubilees
(l.c.), prevailed in the time of King John Hyrcanus, who forced the Abrahamic rite upon the Idumeans, and in that of King Aristobulus, who made the Itureans undergo circumcision (Josephus, "Ant." xiii. 9, § 1; 11, § 3)." ^ "Herod I". Encyclopaedia Judaica. (CD-ROM Edition Version 1.0). Ed. Cecil Roth. Keter Publishing House. ISBN 965-07-0665-8 ^ Josephus, Wars, 2.13. "There was also another disturbance at Caesarea, - those Jews who were mixed with the Syrians that lived there rising a tumult against them. The Jews pretended that the city was theirs, and said that he who built it was a Jew, meaning King Herod. The Syrians confessed also that its builder was a Jew; but they still said, however, that the city was a Grecian city; for that he who set up statues and temples in it could not design it for Jews." ^ Herod I: Opposition of the Pious at Jewish Encyclopedia: "All the worldly pomp and splendor which made Herod popular among the pagans, however, rendered him abhorrent to the Jews, who could not forgive him for insulting their religious feelings by forcing upon them heathen games and combats with wild animals". ^ Jewish War 1.14.4: Mark Antony
Mark Antony
" ...then resolved to get him made king of the Jews ... told them that it was for their advantage in the Parthian war that Herod should be king; so they all gave their votes for it. And when the senate was separated[clarification needed], Antony and Caesar went out, with Herod between them; while the consul and the rest of the magistrates went before them, in order to offer sacrifices [to the Roman gods], and to lay the decree in the Capitol. Antony also made a feast for Herod on the first day of his reign." ^ a b c Perowne, Stewart (2003). Herod the Great. United Kingdom: Sutton Publishing Limited. p. 70. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ Shanks, Hershel (2011). Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Washington DC: Biblical Archaeology Society. p. 267.  ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. p. 67. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ a b Perowne. Herod the Great. p. 71. ISBN 0 7509 3273 2.  ^ a b Shanks. Ancient Israel. p. 270.  ^ a b c d e Cohen, Shaye. "Roman Domination: The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction of the Second Temple," in Ancient Israel, ed. Hershel Shanks. (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999), p. 270. ^ a b Cohen, Shaye. "Roman Domination: The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction of the Second Temple," in Ancient Israel, ed. Hershel Shanks. (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999), p. 271. ^ a b c d e Rocca, Samuel (2009). The Army of Herod the Great. Osprey Publishing. pp. 15–16. ISBN 1-8460-3206-7. Retrieved 2 November 2013.  ^ a b c Cohen, Shaye. "Roman Domination: The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction of the Second Temple," in Ancient Israel, ed. Hershel Shanks. (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999), p. 269-273. ^ a b Levine, Amy-Jill. "Visions of Kingdoms: From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt," in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, ed. Michael D. Coogan. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 357. ^ Jagersma, Henk. A History of Israel
Israel
from Alexander the Great to Bar Kochba, trans. John Bowden (London: SCM Press Ltd, 1985), p. 107. ^ Schiffman, Lawrence H. "The Jewish-Christian Schism," in From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple
Second Temple
and Rabbinic Judaism (Hoboken: Ktav Publishing House, 1991), p. 145. ^ "Building the Western Wall: Herod Began it but Didn't Finish it (december 2011)". Israel
Israel
Antiquities Authority. Retrieved 9 November 2014.  ^ a b Temple of Herod at Jewish Encyclopedia ^ Graetz, Heinrich (1893) "History of the Jews: From the Reign of Hyrcanus (135 BCE) to the Completion of the Babylonian Talmud (500 AD)", Cosimo Books, New York, Volume 2, 2009 ed, p.109 ^ 2:1-23 ^ Sanders, E. P. (1994). The Historical Figure of Jesus. Viking Adult. pp. 87–88. ^ Hagner, Donald A. (1993). Matthew 1–13, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 33a. Thomas Nelson. p. 35. ^ Maier, Paul L. (1998). "Herod and the Infants of Bethlehem". Chronos, Kairos, Christos II. Mercer University Press. p. 170. most recent biographies of Herod the Great
Herod the Great
deny it entirely  ^ Perowne, Stewart (1956). The Life and Times of Herod the Great. Nashville: Abingdon. p. 172.  ^ Finegan, Jack (1992). The Archaeology of the New Testament. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 26.  ^ Schalit, A. (1969). "Konig Herodes: der Mann und sein Werk". Studia Judaica 4. Berlin: de Gruyter: 648ff.  ^ France, Richard T. (1979). "Herod and the Children of Bethlehem". Novum Testamentum (21): 98–120.  ^ Pesch, Rudolf (2009). Die matthäischen Weihnachtsgeschichten: die Magier aus dem Osten, König Herodes und der bethlehemitische Kindermord ; Mt 2 neu übersetzt und ausgelegt. Paderborn: Bonifatius. p. 72. ISBN 9783897104488.  ^ What loathsome disease did King Herod die of?, The Straight Dope, November 23, 1979 ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.6.5 ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.7 ^ Zarnecki, George and others; English Romanesque Art, 1066–1200, p. 111, 1984, Arts Council of Great Britain, ISBN 0728703866 ^ Murray, Alexander, Suicide in the Middle Ages: Volume 2: The Curse on Self-Murder, 2000, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0191613991, 9780191613999 ^ Schürer, Emil. A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, 5 vols. New York, Scribner's, 1896. ^ Barnes, Timothy David. "The Date of Herod's Death," Journal of Theological Studies ns 19 (1968), 204–219 ^ Bernegger, P. M. "Affirmation of Herod's Death in 4 B.C.", Journal of Theological Studies ns 34 (1983), 526–531. ^ Josephus, Wars, 1.631–632. ^ Josephus, Wars, 2.26. ^ Hoehner, Harold. Herod Antipas, (Zondervan, 1980) p.251. ^ Edwards, Ormond. "Herodian Chronology", Palestine Exploration Quarterly 114 (1982) 29–42 ^ Keresztes, Paul. Imperial Rome and the Christians: From Herod the Great to About 200 AD (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1989), pp.1–43. ^ Vardaman, Jerry; Yamauchi, Edwin M., eds. (1989). "The Nativity and Herod's Death". Chronos, Kairos, Christos: Nativity and Chronological Studies Presented to Jack Finegan. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns: 85–92.  ^ Finegan, Jack. Handbook of Biblical Chronology, Rev. ed. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1998) 300, §516. ^ B. MAHIEU – Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great
Herod the Great
and his Sons in their Struggle for Recognition in: Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208 (Brill 2012) pp. 235-243. ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.6.4 ^ http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/876330.htm[dead link] ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.6.174–175. ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.8.193. ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 17.12.317–319. Augustus
Augustus
"appointed Archelaus, not indeed to be the king of the whole country, but ethnarch of one half of that which had been subject to Herod, and promised to give him the royal dignity hereafter, if he governed his part virtuously. But as for the other half, he divided it into two parts, and gave it to two other of Herod's sons, to Philip and to Herod Antipas, that Herod Antipas
Herod Antipas
who disputed with Archelaus for the whole kingdom. Now, to him it was that Perea and Galilee
Galilee
paid their tribute, which amounted annually to two hundred talents, while Batanea with Trachonitis, as well as Auranitis, with a certain part of what was called House of Lenodorus, paid the tribute of one hundred talents to Philip; but Idumea, and Judea, and the country of Samaria, paid tribute to Archelaus, but had now a fourth part of that tribute taken off by the order of Caesar, who decreed them that mitigation, because they did not join in this revolt with the rest of the multitude." ^ Ben-Sasson, H. H. A History of the Jewish People, Harvard University Press, 1976, ISBN 0-674-39731-2, p. 246: "When Archelaus was deposed from the ethnarchy in 6 CE, Judea
Judea
proper, Samaria
Samaria
and Idumea
Idumea
were converted into a Roman province under the name Iudaea." ^ Josephus, Wars, 5.33.1. ^ Rosovsky, Nitza. (24 April 1983) "Discovering Herod's Israel", The New York Times. Accessed 7 May 2013. ^ Haaretz
Haaretz
Staff; Barkat, Amiram (7 May 2007). "Archeologist: King Herod's tomb desecrated, but discovery 'high point'". Haaretz. Retrieved 7 May 2013.  ^ Associated Press (7 May 2007). "Israeli Archaeologist Finds Tomb of King Herod", FOX News, Accessed 7 May 2013. ^ "Herod's Tomb Discovered" Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine. IsraCast, May 8, 2007. Accessed 7 May 2013. ^ Kalman, Matthew (8 May 2007). "Herod's tomb reportedly found inside his desert palace" The Boston Globe, Accessed 7 May 2013. ^ Weizman, Steve (8 May 2007). "Archaeologists Find Tomb of King Herod". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 7 May 2013.  ^ Hasson, Nir (29 January 2012). "Top archaeologists condemn Israeli plan to rebuild ancient tomb", Haaretz. Accessed 8 May 2013. ^ Nir Hasson (October 11, 2013). "Archaeological stunner: Not Herod's Tomb after all?". Haaretz.  ^ Tierney, John. "Herod: Herod the Great", Catholic Encyclopedia (1910): "Herod, surnamed the Great, called by Grätz "the evil genius of the Judean nation" (Hist., v. II, p. 77). ^ Herod I at Jewish Encyclopedia: "above all, he was prepared to commit any crime in order to gratify his unbounded ambition". ^ Cohen, Shaye. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Prentice Hall Biblical Archeological Society. p. 273.  ^ Cohen, Shaye. "Roman Domination: The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction of the Second Temple," in Ancient Israel, ed. Hershel Shanks. (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999), p. 272. ^ Eyal Regev, "Herod's Jewish Ideology Facing Romanization: On Intermarriage, Ritual Baths, and Speeches," The Jewish Quarterly Review 100 (2010): 210. ^ Regev, "Herod's Jewish Ideology," 207. ^ a b Regev, "Herod's Jewish Ideology," 211. ^ Regev, "Herod's Jewish Ideology," 212. ^ Cohen, Shaye. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Prentice Hall Biblical Archeological Society. p. 270.  ^ Cohen, Shaye. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Prentice Hall Biblical Archeological Society. p. 296.  ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 15.7.8 ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 15.9.3 ^ Josephus, Antiquities, 18.1.2–3.

Further reading[edit]

Brandon, S. G. F. (1962). "Herod the Great: Judaea's Most Able but Most Hated King". History Today. 12: 234–242.  Grant, Michael (1971). Herod the Great. New York: American Heritage Press. ISBN 0-07-024073-6.  Günther, Linda-Marie (hg.) Herodes und Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2009). Günther, Linda-Marie (hg.) Herodes und Rom (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2007). Jacobson, David
David
M. and Nikos Kokkinos (eds). Herod and Augustus: Papers Held at the Institute of Jewish Studies Conference, University College London, 21–23 June 2005 (Leiden, Brill, 2009) (IJS Studies in Judaica, 6). Knoblet, Jerry. Herod the Great. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2005. Kokkinos, Nikos. The Herodian Dynasty: Origins, Role in Society and Eclipse (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic,1998). Marshak, Adam Kolman. The Many Faces of Herod the Great. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2015. Marshak, Adam Kolman (2006). "The Dated Coins of Herod the Great: Towards a New Chronology". Journal for the Study of Judaism. 37 (2): 212–240. doi:10.1163/157006306776564700.  Netzer, Ehud. The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006). Perowne, Stewart (1956). The Life and Times of Herod the Great. New York: Abingdon Press.  Richardson, Peter. Herod the King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans (Edinburgh: 1999). Roller, Duane W. (1998). The Building Program of Herod the Great. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-91935-8.  Sandmel, Samuel (1967). Herod: Profile of a Tyrant. Philadelphia: Lippincott.  Schwentzel, Christian-Georges (2011). Hérode le Grand. Paris: Pygmalion. Witztum, Eliezer. King Herod: A Persecuted Persecutor. A Case Study in Psychohistory and Psychobiography (Berlin and New York, Walter de Gruyter, 2006). Zeitlin, Solomon
Solomon
(1963). "Herod: A Malevolent Maniac". Jewish Quarterly Review. 54: 1–27. doi:10.2307/1453457.  Zeitlin, Solomon
Solomon
(1962–1978). The Rise and Fall of the Judean State. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society. 

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Carols

list

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Carols for Choirs The Oxford Book of Carols The New Oxford Book of Carols Piae Cantiones

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"Old Santeclaus with Much Delight" "A Visit from St. Nicholas"

Television

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Log

In modern society

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Food and drink

Dinner

Joulupöytä Julebord Kūčios Réveillon Twelve-dish supper Smörgåsbord Wigilia

Sweets

bûche de Noël Cake Candy cane Cookies Fruitcake Gingerbread Kourabiedes Melomakarono Mince pie Pavlova Pecan pie Pumpkin pie Pudding Rosca de reyes Szaloncukor Turrón

Soup

Menudo

Sauce

Cranberry sauce

Beverages

Apple cider Champurrado Eggnog Mulled wine

Smoking Bishop

Ponche crema

Dumpling

Hallaca Tamale

Meat

Ham Roast goose Romeritos Turkey Stuffing

Category Portal

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Nativity of Jesus

People

Holy Family

Christ Child
Christ Child
(Jesus) Mary Joseph

Magi

Melchior Caspar Balthazar

Others

Shepherds Herod the Great

Place

Bethlehem

Gifts of the Magi

Gold Frankincense Myrrh

Narratives

Gospel
Gospel
of Matthew

Matthew 1 Matthew 1:18 Matthew 1:19 Matthew 1:20 Matthew 1:21 Matthew 1:22 Matthew 1:23 Matthew 1:24 Matthew 1:25 Matthew 2:11 Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi
(In art)

Gospel
Gospel
of Luke

Luke 2 Annunciation
Annunciation
to the shepherds

Related

Manger Star of Bethlehem Virgin birth of Jesus Saint Joseph's dreams Flight into Egypt

In art

Christmas
Christmas
village Kraków szopka Others

Remembrances

Advent Christmas Nativity displays

theft

Nativity play Nativity Fast

Authority control

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