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The many faces of Herod the Great

Author: Adam Kolman Marshak
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An old, bloodthirsty tyrant hears from a group of Magi about the birth of the Messiah, king of the Jews. He vengefully sends his soldiers to Bethlehem with orders to kill all of the baby boys in the town in order to preserve his own throne. For most of the Western world, this is Herod the Great - an icon of cruelty and evil, the epitome of a tyrant. Adam Kolman Marshak portrays Herod the Great quite differently,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Herod, King of Judea; Herod, King of Judea; Herodes, Judäa König; Herod, King of Judea
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Kolman Marshak
ISBN: 9780802866059 0802866050
OCLC Number: 869776055
Description: xxix, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Cultural and intellectual milieu. Rome and its client kings ; Hellenistic monarchy in the Graeco-Roman world ; Judaean history from the Maccabees to Herod --
From Hasmonean to Antonian. Herod's rise to power (47-42 BCE) ; Herod and Antony (42-30 BCE) ; Herod the new Hasmonean --
Client king in an Augustan world. Herod the Augustan client king ; Bringing Judaea into the Roman sphere : Herod and Romanization ; Herod the Hellenistic king in an Augustan world ; Herod, Melekh HaYehudim ; Herod and the temple --
Conclusion : the political self-presentation of Herod the great.
Responsibility: Adam Kolman Marshak.

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An old, bloodthirsty tyrant hears from a group of Magi about the birth of the Messiah, king of the Jews. He vengefully sends his soldiers to Bethlehem with orders to kill all of the baby boys in the town in order to preserve his own throne. For most of the Western world, this is Herod the Great - an icon of cruelty and evil, the epitome of a tyrant. Adam Kolman Marshak portrays Herod the Great quite differently, however, carefully drawing on historical, archaeological, and literary sources. Marshak shows how Herod successfully ruled over his turbulent kingdom by skillfully interacting with his various audiences - Roman, Hellenistic, and Judaean - in myriad ways. Herod was indeed a master in political self-presentation. Marshak's fascinating account chronicles how Herod moved from the bankrupt usurper he was at the beginning of his reign to a wealthy and powerful king who founded a dynasty and brought ancient Judaea to its greatest prominence and prosperity.--Publisher.

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