SPECIAL TOPIC: HERODIANS

The Herodians were a distinct group in first century Palestine derived from their association with the ruling family of Herod (see Josephus, Antiq. 14.15.6). 

The Herods were an Idumaen (Edom) family of rulers starting with Herod the Great.  At his death several of his sons divided his kingdom.  All the Herods were supporters of the Roman government.  Their followers wanted to keep the political status quo.  They preferred the rule of the Herods to direct Roman rule. This group was strictly political.  They did not officially identify with the theology of the Pharisees or Sadducees.

 

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