Israel under
Herod the Great

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Map showing Palestine ruled under Herod the Great and sons.

Herod the Great's Dynasty

c. 72 B.C.
Herod the Great is born to Antipater I the Idumaean (which means 'from the land of Edom'), who is the founder of the Herodian dynasty of rule.

63 B.C.
Roman troops, led by Pompey, occupy Palestine in the name of the Roman Republic. The empire conquers Jerusalem and she falls.

49 B.C.
A contention between Pompey and Julius Caesar over the leadership of the Roman state leads to what is known as the Great Roman Civil War.

48 B.C.
Pompey, who fled to Egypt after his defeat by Caesar in the Battle of Pharsalus, is murdered by an officer of King Ptolemy XIII.

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47 B.C.
Julius Caesar appoints Antipater I the Idumaean to be procurator of Judea in recognition of the aid he gave him during Rome's civil war. Antipater is also given the right to collect taxes. He makes his son governor of Galilee.

44 B.C.
Julius Caesar is assassinated on March 15th (commonly known as the Ides of March).

43 B.C.
Antipater I is murdered by poison.

41 B.C.
Mark (Marc) Antony elevates Herod the Great to the rank of tetrarch of Jerusalem and Galilee.

40 B.C.
Herod is appointed, in Rome, as King of Judea ("King of the Jews") by the Roman Senate.

37 B.C.
Although appointed King of Judea in 40 B.C., it takes another three years before Herod and the army travel to Palestine and conquer Jerusalem. He eventually becomes sole ruler of Judea.

31 B.C.
Aristobulus IV (31 to 7 B.C.), son of Herod and his second wife Mariamne, is born.

27 B.C.
End of the Roman Republic. Augustus Caesar becomes Roman Emperor.

23 B.C.
Herod Archelaus is born.

before 20 B.C.
Herod Antipas is born.

20 B.C.
Herod, desirous of gaining the favor of the Jews, begins work to restore and expand Jerusalem's temple, which had laid unfinished for about five hundred years.

10 B.C.
Agrippa I (known as Herod Agrippa in the New Testament) is born.

c. 4 B.C.
Herod the Great dies in Jericho and is buried in Herodium, Judea. After his death Roman Emperor Augustus divides up his kingdom among some of his sons.

27 / 28 A.D.
Agrippa II, son of Agrippa I, is born.

39 A.D.
After Antipas' death in Gaul, Agrippa I is made ruler over Galilee and Perea as Roman tetrarch.

44 A.D.
Agrippa I beheads the apostle James and has Peter arrested. Soon after God sends the angel of the Lord to kill him. He dies and is eaten by worms (Acts 12).

48 A.D.
Herod of Chalcis, brother of Agrippa I, dies. He was tetrarch of Chalcis (a kingdom north of Judea) for an unknown period of time. Agrippa II is made king of Chalcis and rules until 53 A.D. He is the last king in the Herodian dynasty of rule.

65 A.D.
Work on Jerusalem's second temple is finally completed.

70 A.D.
Roman legions, under the command of military commander Titus (later Emperor Titus), destroy Jerusalem and set fire to its temple.

92 A.D.
Agrippa II, the last of a set of rulers over Israel who first reached their peak of power under Herod the Great, dies.

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