The True Herod

The True Herod

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Who was Herod the Great? How did he come to govern one of the most politically tumultuous regions in the world? Was he the heartless baby-killer of Matthew's Gospel, or does this popular tale do Herod a great disservice?

Geza Vermes, whose work on the Historical Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls has made him one of the most recognisable names in Biblical and Jewish studies, provides a new portrait of Herod. Vermes examines Herod's legacy as a political leader, and a potentate, a man of culture, and an all-round smooth operator. Vermes opens up the fascinating character of Herod, from his sizable and fragile ego to his devastation at the execution of his beloved wife, an execution that Herod ordered himself. Beginning with the key historical sources (notably Josephus) Vermes moves on to consider Herod's greatest legacy and testament - his extensive building works, which include the Temple in Jerusalem, Masada and Herodium. Colour images, combined with Vermes' lively prose make this new picture of Herod an enticing and informative guide to one of Ancient History's most misunderstood figures.


Baker & Taylor
Examines Herod's life, presenting a new portrait of the man and the leader, as a diplomatic and loyal man capable of terrible acts, in a text that explores the history of the Jews.

McMillan Palgrave

Who was Herod the Great? How did he come to govern one of the most politically tumultuous regions in the world? Was he the heartless baby-killer of Matthew's Gospel, or does this popular tale do Herod a great disservice?

Geza Vermes, whose work on the Historical Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls has made him one of the most recognisable names in Biblical and Jewish studies, provides a new portrait of Herod. Vermes examines Herod's legacy as a political leader, and a potentate, a man of culture, and an all-round smooth operator. Vermes opens up the fascinating character of Herod, from his sizable and fragile ego to his devastation at the execution of his beloved wife, an execution that Herod ordered himself. Beginning with the key historical sources (notably Josephus) Vermes moves on to consider Herod's greatest legacy and testament - his extensive building works, which include the Temple in Jerusalem, Masada and Herodium. Colour images, combined with Vermes' lively prose make this new picture of Herod an enticing and informative guide to one of Ancient History's most misunderstood figures.



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Vermes collected snippets about Herod unsystematicaly for many years, and assembled them into a coherent account just before he died. It covers a bird's eye view of biblical history: from King David to the start of the Hellenistic period; from the arrival of Hellenization in Judaea to the outbreak of the Maccabaean uprising; the Maccabee trio Judas, Jonathon, and Simon; and the Hasmonaeans from John Hyrcanus to Mattathia Antigonus. Then he focuses on Herod the Great, prior to his appointment as king in 40 BCE, his time as king of the Jews to 4 BCE, and an evaluation of his character and achievements. A final section surveys the descendants of Herod in the New Testament and Josephus. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: London, UK ;, New York, NY :, Bloomsbury T & T Clark,, 2014
ISBN: 9780567575449
0567575446
Characteristics: xxvii, 181 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm

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SallyLaslie
Feb 15, 2016

After reading the book I found that I wanted to visit the existing architectural sites credited to Herod the Great.

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