Monday, August 02, 2021

New book on the Herods

Herod, His Progeny, and the Cutting Edge of Power

Typically, these Herodian rulers have been treated as part of the “background” of the New Testament. From the point of view of power, however, they were in the foreground. Unless their policies are taken into account, many aspects of Judaism and Christianity will not be appreciated.

See Also: The Herods. Murder, Politics, and the Art of Succession (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2021).

By Bruce Chilton
Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Bard College
Annandale, New York
August 2021

This essay gives a nice capsule history of the Herodian rulers.

For many PaleoJudaica posts on Herod the Great, see here and links, here, and here. For a coin of Herod Archelaus reused in a creative context, see here. For Herod Antipas, see here and links. For Herod Agrippa I, see here and links. For Agrippa II, see see here and links. For the latter's influential sister, Julia Berenice (Berenike), see here and links. For another overview of the Herods, see here.

Cross-file under New Book.

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