The Kingdom of Herod the Great
Map of Herods Kingdom During the New Testament. Herod the
Great and his Kingdom.
During the time of the birth of Jesus in the New Testament
Israel was under the dominion of King Herod "the Great".
Herod was the son of Antipater, an Idumean (Edomite) who had
come to the aid of Julius Caesar in Alexandria and was made
chief minister of Judea in 47 BC. Later in 40 BC Marc Antony
and Octavian and the Roman Senate appointed Herod as King of
Judea. Although he had many enemies to overcome, Herod
defeated them and made himself the recognized king of Judea
in 37 BC.