Recent archaeological discovery leading scientists to the tomb of the vile King Herod is proof that the biblical event was, in fact, real.
King Herod holds a unique place in the Bible, mainly due to his intense attempts to murder baby Jesus.
However, not all of the king’s legacy resumes murderous intentions, as he is also accountable for many architectural projects across Judea.
Notably, King Herold is known for the renovation of Jerusalem’s Second Temple and the expansion of the Temple Mount.
Historians say that Herod I was born between 73 and 71 before Christ in Idumea, south of Judea.
Archaeologists claim they have uncovered the king’s final resting place.
Additionally, they found the location thanks to data left behind by the Romano-Jewish historian Josephus, nearly two thousand years ago!
Professor Tom Meyer, a scripture expert from Shasta Bible College in California, US, says that the discovery is on par with what the Bible says.
“Using a series of clues from the works of Flavius Josephus, archeologists in 2007 were able to unearth the tomb of one of the most famous kings in the Bible: Herod the Great.”
“King Herod, who ruled Judea from Jerusalem, is most renowned in the Bible for slaughtering the infants in Bethlehem and the surrounding villages to kill Jesus, the newborn (and rival) King of the Jews […] Herod’s megalomania extends outside the pages of the Bible with staggering accounts in the records of Josephus of him executing his wives and sons to protect his crown,” he added.
He then proceeded to murder his son after he mistakenly celebrated the news of his father’s death.
The professor says that King Herod dies a painful, horrible death:
“According to Josephus’ his intestines… and colon were inflamed… his feet swelled and his gentiles were putrefied, producing worms.”
He believes that the king suffered from inoperable kidney or liver cancer complicated with gangrene.
Josephus’ account says that the king’s funeral procession took place in a fortress near Bethlehem.
That fortress, called Herodium, was a winter palace and fortification.
The clues left behind by Josephus led archaeologists to Herod’s final resting place about thirteen years ago.
Professor Meyer added:
“In 2007, after spending 40 years of his life searching for the elusive tomb of Herod the Great, the Israeli archeologist Ehud Netzer discovered his mausoleum in the bowels of the Herodian, which corresponded with the clues given by Josephus.”
According to him, inside the 30ft by 30ft mausoleum with ceilings 80ft high, Netzer discovered the king’s sarcophagus and other sarcophagi belonging to other royal members and valuables like wall paintings and frescoes.
However, somebody found Herod and the royal family’s bodies long before Netzer, as they weren’t in the same place anymore. Herod’s sarcophagus was extensively damaged.
Some believe that Jewish rebels smashed his tomb and burnt his body out of spite.
Ulteriorly, various archaeologists disputed the findings.
Archaeologist Joseph Patrich and Benjamin Arubas doubted the tomb’s identity seven years ago, claiming that it appears too modest to belong to Herod.
However, you can visit the site today. It is located about eight miles south of Jerusalem.