Saturday, July 08, 2017

Is the Talmud's Herod based on a Persian story?

DR. JEFFREY L. RUBENSTEIN: Herod’s Renovation of the Temple – Uncovering the Talmud’s Persian Influences (
In “Herod’s Renovation of the Temple – The Talmudic Version”, I explored the Bavli’s account of how the first century BCE king, Herod, rose to power, violently solidified his rule, and rebuilt the Temple. I demonstrated how the rabbis thematized issues of sight and blindness in their telling of the tale in order to explain how a wicked king ended up building the holy Temple. In this piece, I look at the Persian sources of the story, which provide a further layer of understanding.
I noted Dr. Rubenstein's earlier essay, on Herod's renovation of the Temple, here.

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