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Herod/Herodian Dynasty
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Herod I (“the Great”), of Idumean descent, who was (forcibly) converted to Judaism by the Hasmonean ruler John Hyrcanus, was born c. 74 bce and ruled over Judea from 37 bce until his death in 4 bce. His father, Antipater, was the right hand of Hyrcanus II who ruled Judea between the Roman conquest in 63 bce and the Parthian invasion in 40 bce. After G.J. Caesar had appointed Antipater procurator of Judea in 48 bce, Antipater designated Herod as ruler of Galilee. He remained in this position after Antipater's death in 43 bce. During these years, when the East felt the impa…

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Schwartz, Daniel R., “Herod/Herodian Dynasty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09698>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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