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Israel opens an exhibit dedicated to King Herod

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http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/01/16/israel-museum-reconstructed-tomb-herod/?intcmp=features
JERUSALEM – Israel's national museum said Tuesday it will open what it calls the world's first exhibition devoted to the architectural legacy of biblical King Herod, the Jewish proxy monarch who ruled Jerusalem and the Holy Land under Roman occupation two millennia ago.

The display includes the reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of one of antiquity's most notable and despised figures, curators say.
Modern day politics are intruding into this ancient find. Palestinians object to the showing of artifacts found in the West Bank. The Israeli museum insists it will return the finds once the exhibit closes.
I'd love to go there to see it. This is the first-ever such exhibit. Everyone knows the king's name, but no one has ever put on an exhibition dedicated to his life and time.
 
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.........This is the first-ever such exhibit. Everyone knows the king's name, but no one has ever put on an exhibition dedicated to his life and time.
Yes, I do agree that would be very interesting but I fear it is just architecture rather than 'his life and time'.

I also find 'biblical' history interesting but my reading so far has revealed very little about Herod. It would be wonderful if someone could find any evidence to support Matthew's questionable claim for the 'Slaughter of the Innocents'.
 

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Yes, I do agree that would be very interesting but I fear it is just architecture rather than 'his life and time'.

I also find 'biblical' history interesting but my reading so far has revealed very little about Herod. It would be wonderful if someone could find any evidence to support Matthew's questionable claim for the 'Slaughter of the Innocents'.

There is no independent contemprary account I know of that describes the slaughter of the innocents, but that's true of much of what we know and accept about our Christian story. We do, however, have contemporary information about the vicious brutality of Herod which makes the story at least plausable. Josephus is a great source.


As an aside, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the slope of the Mount of Olives, has an interesting display of children's remains, and caskets, and other items, as testament to the "massacre of the innocents."
 

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