The True Herod
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The True Herod

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ISBN-13:
9780567575449
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
22.05.2014
Seiten:
216
Autor:
Geza Vermes
Gewicht:
635 g
Format:
218x175x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Geza Vermes provides a fascinating new portrait of Herod, examining Herod's legacy as a political leader, a potentate and a man of culture.
Geza Vermes provides a fascinating new portrait of Herod, examining Herod's legacy as a political leader, a potentate and a man of culture.
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
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.