Israel to open exhibit on King Herod

JERUSALEM - Israel's national museum is preparing an exhibition on King Herod, Israel's despised proxy ruler under Roman occupation two millennia ago.
  
The display includes a reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of Herod, who was known for huge building projects, including the rebuilt Jewish Temple that stood in Jerusalem during the time of Christ.
  
Herod was vilified in the New Testament as a bloodthirsty tyrant who massacred Bethlehem's male children to try to prevent the prophesied birth of Jesus. He is also said to have murdered his wife and sons.
  
About 30 tons of artifacts will go on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in a nine-month exhibition opening Feb. 12.
 

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