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- Herod Known as "the Great.” 73?-4 B.C. King of Judea (40-4) who, according to the New Testament, attempted to kill the infant Jesus by ordering the death of all children under the age of two in Bethlehem.
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- proper n. The name of a number of members of the Herodian dynasty who ruled Judaea province.
- proper n. Biblical king who is said to have ordered the execution of all baby boys under the age of two in the land of Bethlehem and the surrounding region, as he saw Jesus as a a threat to his rule; identified with Herod the Great (c. 74–4 BCE).
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- n. king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)
The markings you just saw are the name Herod, carved into a sarcophagus of pink Jerusalem limestone.
In 2007, after 35 years of work, he discovered what he identified as Herod's tomb, shedding new light on the king and drawing international attention.
And it's quite interesting that Cleopatra, time and again, tries to get Antony to give her Judea in Herod's kingdom, but he doesn't.
He was commonly called Herod the Great, because he had distinguished himself in the wars with Antigonus, and his other enemies, and because he had evinced great talents, as well as great cruelties and crimes, in governing and defending his country; in repairing the temple; and in building and ornamenting the cities of his kingdom.
I will hear thee -- The word means, "give thee a full hearing." to be kept in Herod's judgment hall -- "praetorium," the palace built at
He was on His way out of Perea, east of Jordan, and in Herod's dominions, journeying towards
For their skill in the dance, as of Herod is said,
And does not Christ himself call Herod, that murdered John the Baptist, fox; a beast notable for his craft, as well as for sucking of blood?
Herod was now an old man, and had reigned thirty-five years; this king was but newly born, and not likely to enterprise any thing considerable for many years; yet Herod is jealous of him.
Herod is now in town, and it is but fit he should have cognizance of his cause, since he belongs to Herod's jurisdiction.