BAR 23:06, Nov/Dec 1997
Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans
(Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996) xxviii + 360 pp., $34.95
CAESAREA MARITIMAThere was shock in Caesarea and Jerusalem, and as far away as Damascus and Ashkelon, at news of the death of King Herod, a wise administrator, able politician, and brilliant military commander He will be missed.1
A flurry of blatantly fictional news flashes, interviews with the man on the street and reports from throughout Judeaall reporting on the death of Judeas kingopen Peter Richardsons bold new biography of Herod. The splashy reports are only fitting for a book published 2,000 years after Herods death in 4 B.C.E.