Whenever we see the Church departing from the pathway of Christian grace to embrace the sword it is an ominous sign. Because at that very point the glory of God is departing.
Donate Rome had been growing and strengthening during the Hasmonean Period. Corruption within the Hasmonean family speeded the fall of the Hasmonean Empire. Aristoboulos, a typical Hasmonean "loving son," declared himself High Priest-King thirty minutes before the death of his mother the queen.
He revolted against him. By 67 BCE there was civil war in Judeaand the land was ripe for conquest. Rome took advantage of the situation.
John Hyrcanus allied himself with Rome under General Pompey. John and Pompey entered Jerusalem unopposed, but the Temple Mount, with its own fortifications, posed some problems.
It took three months to take the Temple, and Rome gained control of Judea. Rome was in a state of flux, with power struggles between Pompey and Julius Caesar; Caesar won.
Julius Caesar appointed a governor to keep watch over the country, the son of an Idumean who had been forced to covert to Judaism, a man named Herod.
They all kept Herod in power. Herod had complete authority, and he used it ruthlessly. He established an enormous secret police force, brutally killed anyone suspected of plotting against him, and created Roman peace by slaughtering all dissidents.
Herod controlled the sacrificial cult by placing a lackey in the position of High Priest. In any of his appointees was foolish enough to displease him, Herod killed him and replaced him with another lackey. The vast majority of popular tourist sites in present-day Israel were originally built by Herod.
Herod was security conscious. He built fortresses throughout the land just in case he should ever need sanctuary. Each of these fortresses was architecturally unique.
Sabaste was originally called Samaria. It had been the capital of Israel during the Divided Kingdom, and Samaria became the name for the entire northern region. Herod built over the ruins of Samaria, which had been built atop a mountain.
He ordered the construction of an enormous colonnade of imported marble starting from the base of the mountain and rising to the summit. The mountain Herod had chosen for the fortress Herodium was too low.
Herod has his architects raise the summit and build his palace inside this man-made cone. It is generally believed that Herod was buried in Herodium, but no grave was ever found.Caught in that sensual music all neglect Monuments of unageing intellect.
William Butler Yeats (–), "Sailing to Byzantium". Rome casts a long shadow. I am writing in the Latin alphabet.
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