King Herod: A Persecuted Persecutor

Studia Judaica

Book 36
Walter de Gruyter
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The enigma of King Herod as a cruel bloodthirsty tyrant on the one hand, and a great builder on the other is discussed in a systematic modern historical and psychological study. It seeks to unravel the contradictory historic mystery of the man and his deeds. After A. Schalit's König Herodes, this study is a new comprehensive, pioneering study on the intriguing personality of Herod, also using the insights of psychology. Herod's mental state reached an acute level, consistent with the DSM-IV diagnosis for "Paranoid Personality Disorder". He grew up with an ambiguous identity and suffered from feelings of inferiority. Haunted by persecutory delusions, he executed almost any suspect of treason, including his wife and three sons.

The Hebrew original text was Winner of the Ya'acov Bahat Prize for Non-Fiction Hebrew Literature for 2006.

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About the author

Aryeh Kasher, University of Tel-Aviv, Israel;Eliezer Witztum, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.

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Publisher
Walter de Gruyter
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Published on
Sep 25, 2008
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Pages
534
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ISBN
9783110200874
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Biography / New Testament
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
Religion / Biblical Studies / General
Religion / Judaism / General
Religion / Judaism / History
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