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The Virgin Prophecy

Josephus, writing well after the Jewish war with Rome in 65-70 A.D., looking back with hindsight, blames the destruction of their nation on an “oracle” which seems to state that a world leader will be born in Israel.

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The Virgin Mary on Trial

Having just noted the trials and legal debates around the abuse of the virgins Mariamne III and Herodias in the last post, it is worth mentioning that there is a late tradition that Mary herself was also put on trial. 1,436 more words

Mariamne The Queen

The Virgin Orphans on Trial

Herod betrothed his grandchildren by his son Aristobulus son of Mariamne the Queen as he should, to those that would enhance their position with Rome. If he didn’t, Caesar would object…Rome will continue to honor Hasmonean royal blood until the end (65-70 A.D.). 1,185 more words

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Mariamne III the Virgin Orphan

King Herod had his two sons by Mariamne the Hasmonean Queen executed in 7 BCE clearing the way for his Idumaean son Antipater to be his first heir but… 949 more words

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The Sons of Mariamne

Mariamne I’s two eldest sons were sent to Rome to be raised by Augustus as heirs to the Jewish throne. They also had two daughters but it is the sons that will now dominate the royal record. 1,118 more words

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Mariamne II the High Priest's Daughter

With the deaths of Alexandra and Mariamne and a whole generation of Hasmonean male descendants their dominance in the royal record recedes and we learn of other royal and noble women, some will be Hasmonean and some will not. 1,043 more words

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The Execution of Mariamne the Queen

In the last post, Herod’s had successfully return from defending himself before Marc Antony for killing Mariamne’s younger brother, the seventeen year-old High Priest Jonathan Aristobulus. 1,409 more words

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