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Author Vermès, Géza, 1924-2013, author

Title The true herod / Geza Vermes
Published London ; New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (210 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Cover page; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of illustrations; The main events of Roman history during Herod's age; Frontispiece; Prologue; Part One A bird's eye view of biblical history; 1 From King David to the start of the Hellenistic period; 2 From the arrival of Hellenization in Judaea to the outbreak of the Maccabaean uprising; 3 The Maccabee Trio: Judas -- Jonathan -- Simon; 4 The Hasmonaeans from John Hyrcanus to Mattathias Antigonus; John (Yohanan) Hyrcanus I (135-104 BCE)
Evaluation of Herod's positive and negative achievementsHerod in literature and cinema; Part Three The descendants of Herod in the New Testament and Josephus; Introduction; 8 Herod Archelaus (4 BCE-6 CE); 9 Herod Antipas (4 BCE-39 CE); 10 Herod Philip (4 BCE-33/4 CE); 11 Herod Agrippa I (41-44 CE); 12 Herod of Chalcis (41-48 CE); 13 Herod Agrippa II (50-92/3 or 100 CE); Conclusion; Chronology of Herod's life and his successors; Notes; Bibliography; Image credits and copyrights; Index
Judah (Yehudah) Aristobulus I (104-103 BCE)Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonathan) (103-76 BCE); Salome (Shelamzion) Alexandra (76-67 BCE); Judas (Yehudah) Aristobulus II (67-63 BCE); John (Yehohanan) Hyrcanus II (63-40 BCE); Mattathiah (Mattathias) Antigonus (40-37 BCE); Part Two Herod the Great; Introduction; 5 Herod prior to his appointment as king (73/2-40 BCE); 6 Herod, king of the Jews (40-4 BCE); Herod consolidates his rule (37-25 BCE); Herod, the builder (25-13 BCE); Herod's decline (13-4 BCE); 7 Herod the Villain or Herod the Great?; The portrait of Herod; Herod's character
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed March 29, 2014)
Subject Herod I, King of Judea, 73 B.C.-4 B.C.
Jews -- History -- 168 B.C.-135 A.D.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0567186571 (electronic bk.)
0567488411 (electronic bk.)
9780567186577 (electronic bk.)
9780567488411 (electronic bk.)