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Herod, Rome, And The Diaspora

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The Roman Empire in the Near East at the time of Augustus was a patchwork rather than a system. Herod, the ruler of whom we know most, had numerous constituencies to take into account. Herods links to Roman power stirred fierce hostility in some quarters. Herods principal posture needs to be seen in a different light. He shunned the perception of a toady of Rome. That he was a friend of Augustus and supported by Roman power was, of course, vital. But Herod made sure to present himself more as patron than as client. Nor did he cast himself in the role of sponsor of Jewish interests abroad. Diaspora Jews had little to offer himand they got little from him. Herod projected a different and far wider image.

Keywords: Agrippa; Diaspora; Herod; Rome



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