Herodium and the tomb of Herod the Great

Shmuel Browns has an article in Popular Archaeology on “Netzer’s Legacy: The Wonders of Herodium” here. One of the comments by Browns caught my attention as being especially important for all of us who use photos in our teaching.

When visiting an archaeological site, one often cannot see the artifacts that were discovered there as they have been removed and are displayed at a museum.

Browns gives an illustration of part of the Roman bath from the lower city at Herodium. I often think about how important it is to be at an archaeological site at just the right time. When I visited the Herodium in January, and again in May, this is what I saw at the place of Netzer’s most recent work.

Herodium - Place of Herod's Mausoleum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Herodium - Place of Herod's Mausoleum. View to the East. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

How disappointing. My thought is that some day the Antiquities department will have this site prepared for visitors. Until then…

Herod's Tomb. Shmuel Browns.

Herod's Tomb. View to NW. Shmuel Browns.

Browns has a couple of nice photos of the Mausoleum as it looks under the tin roof. I am including a thumbnail of one of his photos to encourage you to go to the article. A site begins to look different after the winter rains. Unless it is continually cleaned (which requires money), it deteriorates quickly.

Herod the Great is known in Scripture as the wicked king who inquired about the birth of Jesus in order to eliminate any opposition to the throne.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem  saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him.  After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. (Matthew 2:1-4 NET)

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus did not stop to see the tomb of Herod on their return from Egypt.

But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. After being warned in a dream, he went to the regions of Galilee.  He came to a town called Nazareth and lived there. (Matthew 2:22-23a NET)

Chris McKinny recently posted a paper on “The Growth of Herod’s Kingdom” at Seeking a Homeland here. The well-documented paper includes maps and charts.

Tom Powers reported in February that the Israel Post has issued a series of stamps featuring Herod’s building projects. Click here for photos of the beautiful stamps.

HT: Bible Places Blog.

2 responses to “Herodium and the tomb of Herod the Great

  1. Pingback: Herod the Great in the Israel Museum | Ferrell's Travel Blog

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