Humpday History Highlight

Bathtub Of King Herod

An exhibition featuring artifacts of King Herod, the ruler of Judea near the time of Christ’s birth, has opened in Israel.

The private household of King Herod has been laid bare in a new exhibition being held at a museum in Israel. Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem features exhibits that offer an intriguing glimpse into the home life of the divisive figure, including his bath and the decorations that adorned his palace.

The 250 artifacts were excavated over a period of 40 years at Herodium, the builder-king’s excavated palace on an arid hilltop a short drive from Jerusalem.

Museum staff have recreated sections of the palace to house the exhibits, including a mock-up of the tomb where King Herod was laid to rest and contains what experts believe is his excavated sarcophagus. There are also numerous busts and statues, as well as a one-piece stone bath excavated from the hot bath house at the site.

Fascinating. History at your fingertips.

5 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. JT

    They didn’t find a crucifix among his stuff ?

    Huh. Go figure.

    I suspect that his current abode looks a lot like Mr. Dorn’s cabin.

  2. Ferrell Gummitt

    They named the Exhibit “Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey…?”

    The Man killed John the Baptist as well as countless children in Israel in his attempt to kill Jesus.

    Matthew 14: 1 – 12:
    At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

    3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

    6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

    Matthew 2:16: “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”

    Exhibit should be called “King Herod one of the biggest bastards in history”.

    My apologies for going all Sunday Sermon on everyone.

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    JT – Ironic that the exhibition is in Israel.

    Old NFO – Agreed.

    Ferrell – Not at all. I assume the title was given to him by some of his lackeys… or himself.


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