Herod the Great, who ruled ancient Judea 2,000 years ago at the time of the birth of Christ, has suffered two millennia of bad press. Now he’s finally getting his due in an exhibition at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.
As the sun sets over Jerusalem’s Old City and a performer plays a mystical solo on a curved ram’s horn, Glenn Beck appears before an audience near the southern wall of the Temple Mount, a sacred site for both Jews and Muslims that they have battled over for centuries.
Yehuda Etzion, a former member of a Jewish terrorist group in the West Bank, once drove me to the top of the Mount of Olives, to a ridge above the Garden of Gethsemane, and asked me to look out across the valley, to the Temple Mount on the far side.
Recent excavations near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount confirm that its Western Wall, a holy spot for Jews, was not completed until after the death of the Roman-era ruler Herod who is often credited as its builder, an Israeli archeologist said today.