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New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

Who was King Herod?

There were several Herods. The one Matthew refers to when laying the groundwork for Jesus’ birth is Herod the Great, who reigned in Judea from 37 B.C.E. to 4 B.C.E. Because Herod the Great had to answer to the rulers of the Roman Empire, he was more of a governor than king. Herod was noted for his harsh policies and political scheming. Herod appears in all four Gospels.



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