Biography Herod was born at Idumea, a region south of Judea, around (or around) 72 BCE. Antipater the Idumaean (113/114-43 BCE), a high-ranking official under ethnarch Hyrcanus II, and Cypros, a Nabatean Arab princess from the city of Petra, he was the second son of Antipater the Idumaean (113/114-43 BCE), a high-ranking official under ethnarch Hyrcanus II (in present-day Jordan).
In the southern part of Palestine, Herod was born. His father, Antipater, was of the Edomite ethnicity (a Semitic people, identified by some scholars as Arab, who converted to Judaism in the 2nd century bce).
The narrative of how Herod came to power is intriguing, and we begin by telling the story of Jewish monarchs, foreign empires, and the Maccabee uprising before moving on to Herod himself. Israel was about to receive its first monarch, around a thousand years before the first Christmas. Saul was the first king, and he was a jealous ruler with a fragile ego.
He was one of Antipater’s two sons, and he was one of the two who Antipater persuaded Herod to put to death. Herodias was engaged to Herod Philip I, another of Herod’s sons (the daughter of Mariamne II). According to this, Herodias was previously married to her half-uncle, who was left out of Herod’s will since his mother failed to inform Herod about Antipater’s homicidal scheme.