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The True Herod

Hardback|May 2014
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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? ...


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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.


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.

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 407167
  • Product Code 9780567575449
  • ISBN 0567575446
  • EAN 9780567575449
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date May 2014
  • Sales Rank 52339
  • Dimensions 215 x 169 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes is one of the world's leading authorities on Judaism in the age of Jesus. His pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as a Christian as the first Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His Complete Dead Sea Scrolls,first published in 1962, since revised and edited, and now in its sixth printing,is widely considered a classic and foundational text. Since 1991, he has been the director of the Forum for Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and he was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1985 and of the European Academy in 2001. Some of his published works include The Nativity, The Resurrection, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, Jesus the Jew and The Passion.

  • Part I: 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 Part Ii: Herod The Great Prologue: The Main Events Of Roman History During Herod's Age Introduction 1. Herod Prior To His Appointment As King (73/2 -40 Bce) 2. Herod, King Of The Jews (40 - 4 Bce) (a) Herod Consolidates His Rule (37 - 25 Bce) (b) Herod, The Builder (25 - 13 Bce) (c) The Decline (13- 4 Bce) 3. Herod The Villain Or Herod The Great (a) The Portrait Of Herod (b) Herod's Character (c) Evaluation Of Herod's Positive And Negative Achievements Appendix: Herod In Literature And Cinema Part Iii: The Descendants Of Herod In The New Testament And Josephus 1. Herod Archelaus (4 Bce - 6 Ce) 2. Herod Antipas (4 Bce - 39 Ce) 3. Herod Philip (4 Bce - 33/4 Ce) 4. Herod Agrippa I (41 - 44 Ce) 5. Herod Of Chalcis (41-48 Ce) 6. Herod Agrippa Ii (50 - 92/3 Or 100 Ce) Conclusion Chronology Of Herod's Life Bibliography Index

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