Herod “the Great,” king of Judea, was unpopular with his people because of his connections with the Romans and his religious indifference. Hence he was insecure and fearful of any threat to his throne. He was a master politician and a tyrant capable of extreme brutality. He killed his wife, his brother, and his sister’s two husbands, to name only a few.
Father Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Friday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time, December 1, 2023, Luke 21: 29-33 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120123.cfm The End Times – A New Beginning.