So King Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: “Go and make a careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship this new King of the Jews.”
And the there were even more Herods, which is why we all get confused.
Herod the Great : He eventually was announced as King of the Jews by the Roman Senate. He ruled the kingdom of Israel, as a vassal king, for 34 years, crushing the opposition on he one hand, but also initiating huge building projects, including the Caesarea harbour, the Temple Mount, the Masada and the Herodium, among other things. He died in 4BC when his kingdom was split into four chunks, one for each son.
Herod Archelaus, son of Herod and Malthace the Samaritan, was given the main part of the kingdom: Judea proper, Edom and Samaria. He ruled for ten years until 6AD, when he was banished to Gaul (France). He was (possibly) the king of the Christmas Story who slaughtered the children of Bethlehem to rid himself of Jesus. No-one is really sure as they all called themselves "Herod" to confuse future historians.
Herod Philip, son of Herod and his fifth wife, was given jurisdiction over the northeast part of his father's kingdom where he "reigned" in obscurity.
Herod Antipas, another son of Herod and Malthace, was made ruler of the Galilee and Perea; he ruled there until he was exiled to Spain by Emperor Caligula. He is the Herod who had John the Baptist's head removed, and the Herod of Jesus' crucifixion.
Which King really changed the world and still makes a huge difference to people's lives today?
Back to National Express and fbb's trip to the Royal Albert Hall to watch tennis.
The arrival back in Portsmouth was 35 minutes late. Deep joy! At least this vehicle was warm. On this particular schedule the gang did not miss their ferry connection back to the Island, but imagine the thrill and happiness if they had done. Boats only run hourly and a long wait at Portsmouth Harbour at night is a truly stimulating experience.