Masada - Israel's mountain fortress constructed by Herod the Great.

MASADA, ISRAEL - an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea.

ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER ROYAL PASSAGEWAY TO KING HEROD'S HILLTOP PALACE Ya'akov Sa'ar/GPO via Getty Images

Israeli archaeologists discover royal passageway to King Herod’s hilltop palace

the Judgement Gate through which Jesus passed on his way to Golgotha

The Judgement Gate, thru which Christ passed on His way to Golgotha - The Israel Museum (מוזיאון ישראל)

Ariel view of the modern location of the City of David (Ophel) - Looking from South to North.  The white broken-line is where the ancient city of David was located (which is outside the city wall today).  The gold domed building is the Muslim shrine called the Dome of the Rock.  It is surrounded by ancient retaining wall of the Herodian Temple mount.  This picture gives distance perspective.  The Kidron valley can be seen on the left (?) side.

Ariel view of the modern location of the City of David (Ophel) - Looking from…

Ancient Antique Holy Land Roman Herodian Clay Pottery Oil Milk Jug Terracotta R - ANCIENT, ANTIQUE, CLAY, Herodian, holy, Land, Milk, Pottery, Roman, TERRACOTTA

Ancient Antique Holy Land Roman Herodian Clay Pottery Oil Milk Jug Terracotta R - ANCIENT, ANTIQUE, CLAY, Herodian, holy, Land, Milk, Pottery, Roman, TERRACOTTA

First Demo of Herods temple in Jerusalem; The Reconstruction of the Herodian Sanctuary According to the Writings of Josephus Flavius. Based on the Doctoral Dissertation of Dr. Yehoshua Peleg, department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University,

First Demo of Herods temple in Jerusalem; The Reconstruction of the Herodian Sanctuary According to the Writings of Josephus Flavius. Based on the Doctoral Dissertation of Dr. Yehoshua Peleg, department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University,

Possible Site Of Trial Of Jesus Uncovered By Archaeologists - Herodian steps leading down into Kishle

Possible Site Of Jesus' Trial Uncovered

*JERUSALEM ~ Herodian steps leading down into Kishle. ("Kishle" is the term used by the Turkish Ottomans to refer to soldiers' barracks.

See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.

See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.

Herodian  Hasmonean Dynasty  Heritage

Herodian Women - still image [media]

Herodian:     Herod the Great built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans. It is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Israel.

Herodian: Herod the Great built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans.

Underground Jerusalem.  Not a little fishy, but fascinating. Zedekiah's Cave, underground houses, Hirbawi cellar, underground winery, Western Wall Tunnels, Solomon's Stables, Western Wall foundations, Herodian Street, Canaanite Tunnel, Siloam Pool, drainage channel

Underground Jerusalem - a subterranean city with archaeological findings, secret passageways and even wedding venues.

Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank:  This is the second holiest site in Judaism after the Western Wall in Jerusalem and has been a Jewish pilgrimage destination from earliest times to today.  Genesis 23:19 and 25:9 "Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave on the plot of land at Machpelah to the east of Mamre, which is Hebron, in Canaan.... [Abraham's] sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave at Machpelah... with his wife Sarah."

Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank: This is the second holiest site in Judaism after the Western Wall in Jerusalem and has been a Jewish pilgrimage destination from earliest times to today.

Jerusalem Style replica Herodian clay oil lamp (50 BC to AD 50)

Jerusalem Style replica Herodian clay oil lamp BC to AD

Herod Antipas was named tetrarch of Galilee and ruled prior to, and during, the life of Jesus. He divorced his first wife in order to marry Herodias, the wife of his half-brother. John the Baptist condemned the marriage, and Herod had him beheaded for it. He was finally driven to ruin by Herodias’ ambitions. Herod Antipas was one of the judges, with Pontius Pilate, in the decision to order the execution of Jesus. He was banished to Gaul by Caligula and died in exile.

Herod Antipas: Tetrarch of Galilee. He was driven to ruin by Herodias’ ambitions, was banished to Gaul by Caligula and died in exile.

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