Bible Study Week 6
December 15, 2021

Herod the Great


Dick LaFountain
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Herod the Great

Lecture Notes - Herod the Great

Lesson 6 is a continuation of our study of the events following the rededication of the Temple and how Herod the Great came to power.We focus our attention this week on the Christmas Story and the two characters who are mentioned, HEROD THE GREAT and AUGUSTUS CAESAR. These were not minor characters in this story. They were and important part of how the Roman Empire came to control Palestine.


These are unedited documents and studies I use in my preparations. Please forgive any errors.They will enhance your study of the Word. Print them out and study them. This way we can give you much more than we can in our Videos or in our live classes.


Herod the Great

Other Historical Figures

History is important and I believe original sources are the best way to do research. I recommend you purchase or download a copy of Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews, and the 5 Books of Maccabees, as well as sources like Heroditus's History of the Persians.

Index to Josephus Works

LINKS TO Video Clips

    Introduction To Lesson 6 (4:09 min)
The story of the Ceasars, Julius and Augustus, and later the story of Herod are intertwined with the story of Antony and Clepatra, and General Pompey. To learn all of this would take more time to explain than I have time to video, so I have decided to enlist the help of others who have very effectively summarized these events that shaped the world into which Jesus was born. The Links below will help you understand this history, and understandinghistory will help you to better understand the story of Christ's birth.

    Who Was Herod the Great? — Rick Renner (27 min)

    Caesar against Pompey - Great Roman Civil War Documentary (2:49 hours)

    How Caesar Won the Great Roman Civil War Documentary (2:16 hours)

    Augustus: Rome’s Greatest Emperor Lecture (45 min)


  1. What are the miracles you see in the birth of Christ?

  2. Who were the primary secular people mentiioned?

  3. Can you clarify which Herod was the one who killed babies?

  4. What do you think about Augustus Caesar? What new insights?

  5. What do you think about Julius Caesar? What new insights?

  6. What do you think of Mark Antony and Cleopatra? What new insights?

  7. What other characters we studied were interesting? What new insights?