Definition of Herod in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛrəd
1The name of four rulers of ancient Palestine:
1.1 Herod the Great ( circa 74-4 bc), ruled 37-4 bc. According to the New Testament, Jesus was born during his reign, and he ordered the massacre of the innocents (Matt. 2:16).
1.2 Herod Antipas ( 22 bc-circa 40 ad), son of Herod the Great, tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea 4 bc- ad 40. He married Herodias (his brother’s wife) and was responsible for the beheading of John the Baptist. According to the New Testament (Luke 23:7), Pilate sent Jesus to be questioned by him before the Crucifixion.
1.3 Herod Agrippa I ( 10 bc- ad 44), grandson of Herod the Great, king of Judaea ad 41-4. He imprisoned St Peter and put St James the Great to death.
1.4 Herod Agrippa II ( ad 27-circa 93), son of Herod Agrippa I, king of various territories in northern Palestine 50-circa 93. He presided over the trial of St Paul (Acts 25:13 ff.).



Pronunciation: /hɛˈrəʊdɪən/
adjective& noun
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  • Indeed, in 3:6 the narrator informs hearers that the Pharisees, who claim God's authority to interpret the law, ‘immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.’
  • The Pharisees and Herodians who ask Jesus about paying taxes are also concerned with security.
  • Not only was the Herodian temple physically imposing, but it represented in physical construction and ritual activity the entire cosmos.

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