The story of Jesus’ birth and early life isn’t complete without the story of Herod the Great. Herod was king of the Jews, and he heard that a new king of the Jews – Jesus – had been born, he wanted to get rid of him.
But Herod’s hatred for Jesus wasn’t the only thing we have to remember him by. He also had a great palace built in the Judaean Desert, about six miles from Jerusalem. Just in time for Christmas, Israeli authorities are getting ready to open parts of this palace, the Herodium.