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Herod the Great

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Herod the Great was an Edomite, a descendant of Esau.

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Herod was appointed King of Judea by Ceasar. he was considered great because of the many building projects he completed. He honored Ceasar by naming cities after him like Ceasarea Maritime. Ceasarea was a marvel. It consisted of a half moon-shaped man made bay. They used hydraulic cement to build the perimeter of the bay - a technical secret lost at the fall of the Roman empire. This picture is a remaining portion of the aqueducts that brought fresh water to Ceasarea.
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This is the amphitheater where Herod Agrippa died. - Act 12:19 - 25 Bon Jovi had a concernt here in 2007 (as a follow up to Herod)
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In Ceasarea, Herod the Great built a palace on the meditteranean. This is what is left of it. It had an eternity pool that led into the sea.
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Next to the palace, he built the hippodrome (horse racing). The grassy area is beleived to the prison where Paul was incarcerated and it is scheduled to be excavated soon.
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Masada is a citadel fortress constructed by Herod and made famous in Jewish revolt against Rome.
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Herod the Great saved his best work for himself. Near Bethlehem, he built the Herodium (for himself and is the location of his tomb). This is the approach to the hill on whihc it is built (in actuality, it is the hill.)
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Here are some shots that give some ideas as to the size of the Herodium. The entire hill / mountain is part of the building.
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Here is a swimming pool at the base of the Herodium complete with a refreshment serving bar in the middle.
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Here, some palestinian men are digging up the tomb of Herod the Great that was just discovered over the last few years.
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By any worldly measure of accomplishments, he was a great man. He was accomplished, powerful, resourceful, and ruthless. Bethlehem is in the shadows of the Herodium built by Herod, a descendant of Esau. In this little town, he was 'supplanted' by a descendant of Jacob born in a manger right under his nose. Herod was aware of the prophecies concerning Christ and tried to kill the children under two years of age in Bethlehem (probably a dozen or so) in order to stop the Christ from ascending to power.




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