BEIT SAHOUR, West Bank, Nov 19 Reuters – An Israeli archaeologist said on Wednesday he had unearthed what he believed were the 2,000-year-old remains of two tombs which had held a wife and daughter-in-law of the biblical King Herod.
Other findings announced by Ehud Netzer of Jerusalems Hebrew University provided new evidence of the lavish lifestyle of the Roman-era monarch also known as the "King of the Jews".
Herod, a Roman-anointed king who ruled Judea from 37 BC until his death in 4 BC, has a special place in biblical history. Herod rebuilt the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, making him a focus of study in the Jewish state.
The Gospel of Matthew says Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents", the killing of male infants in Jesus birthplace of Bethlehem, out of fear of losing his throne.