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If you have read the Bible, you've probably seen the name "King Herod." For those that aren't familiar, let me school you:
King Herod ruled Judea during the time Jesus was born. He ruled Judea under Roman authority for 33 years. He was a political survivor, who had a history of being a political flip flopper. When a civil war broke out between Octavian and Mark Antony in Rome, Herod sided with Antony. After Octavian defeated Antony, Herod switched sides. This alliance helped secure Herod's position as king of the Jews. As a loyal subject to Roman overlords, he maintained order in Israel, and protected the western part of the Roman Empire.
When it comes to Herod's personality, he was said to be a mixture of a clever ruler and a incredibly cruel tyrant. Historians report that Herod was also brutal, jealous, untrustworthy, and crushed any opponent at all costs. Herod was never accepted as the king of the Jews, and it infuriated him. He could not stand conspiracy theories, and would destroy all conspiracy theories, even if it meant murdering his wives, mother-in-law, and sons. Herod was all about keeping up appearances, so he tried to look like a Jew to the outside world (i.e. not eating pork).
The book of Matthew talks about how he slaughtered infants in Bethlehem. Herod was paranoid and cruel. Herod also wanted to kill baby Jesus.
In order to gain favor with the Jews, Herod presented himself as the protector of the Jews. He encouraged the formation of synagogue communities, lowered taxes, and gave people free grain. He is known as a great builder. His greatest project happened to be fortification of the temple in Jerusalem. The economy blossomed under Herod's rule. He had his hand in the construction of theaters, hippodromes, and amphitheaters throughout the land. While this was a great time to be an upper-class Judea citizen, it brought disdain to the common people and conservative Pharisees.
So what does all of this have to do with Donald Trump?
So how did I come up with this theory? I woke up with it weighing heavily on my mind. Just so you know, I haven't read my Bible in a long time, and I haven't even thought about King Herod. When I researched it a few hours later, I was amazed. Not only were there so many similarities, Pope Francis alluded to a similar comparison last year! People also made the comparison in 2017 after Trump was inaugurated.