Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 1996 - History - 360 pages
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Peter Richardson's biographical study of Herod (73-4 BCE) offers insight into the personality of the man who served as the most prominent member of the substantial Herodian family and whose rule shaped the world in which the Christian faith arose. Richardson reveals Herod to be far more complex and important than is generally perceived and demonstrates that an understanding of Herod holds great value for comprehending the relationship between Judea and Rome. Setting his study against the crosscurrents of Jewish and Roman culture in the first century, Richardson emphasizes the social and historical context in which Herod's life unfolded and evaluates the family matters, patronage, religious developments, and ethnic issues that shaped his reign. Richardson details Herod's active participation in political events during the making of the Roman Empire and his close association with such prominent figures as Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cassius, Octavian (Augustus), Cleopatra, and Marcus Agrippa. In addition to telling Herod's life story, Richardson recounts the legends that grew up around the man - including his responsibility for a massacre of young children in Bethlehem. Richardson's accessible, and relatively positive, assessment of Herod sheds new light on a fascinating but much maligned character.

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Peter Richardson is a world renowned specialist in Herod. With an undergraduate in architecture before his theological and religious studies, Richardson is uniquely equipped to examine Herod not only ... Read full review


In the End Is the Beginning 4 BCE
Family Matters
From Idumaea to Petra to 64 bce
Late Hellenism in the Near East
From Petra to Rome 6440 bce
The Kingdom
From Rome to Rhodes 4030 bce
From Rhodes to Rome 3017 bce
Herod and Religion
From Rome to Jericho 174 bce
The Herods and Christianity
The Achievements of King Herod 4 bce
Index of References to Ancient Texts
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects

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About the author (1996)

Richardson is Professor of Christian origins at the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Ontario.

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