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out-Herod Herod

To be excessively cruel or tyrannical. Herod was the King of Judea who according to the New Testament ordered the deaths of all male babies in an attempt to kill Jesus. That dictator could out-Herod Herod with his fits of violence.

out-Herod Herod

behave with extreme cruelty or tyranny.
Herod, the ruler of Judaea at the time of Jesus's birth and the man responsible for ordering the massacre of boy babies in his realm, was portrayed in medieval miracle plays as a blustering tyrant. The phrase is from Shakespeare's Hamlet : ‘I would have such a fellow whipp'd for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod’.
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Yet to Herod, it's worth killing for, over and over, as he amasses corpses to preserve a swiftly passing kingdom of sand that will trickle from his fingers before he can close his fist on a grain of it.
Herod stated, "An early referral to our clinic allows our specialized team of gynecological oncology experts to prevent the cancer from spreading, and it allows us to work with a woman on a plan that ensures she gets the best care possible.
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
14) While the initial polygamy of Herod left the dynasty's family tree a tangled web, the familial documentation from Josephus provides a degree of clarity.
With elaborate systems of spying, surveillance and safety precautions, King Herod thought his reign would last forever.
Mr Herod will be replaced as medical director, one of the hospital's most senior positions, by Dr Joanne Topping on an interim basis until a full-time successor is appointed.
Maloney would have us believe that it is the "culture" that is the Herod of today.
This supposition rests solely on Flavius Josephus's passing remark that a lunar eclipse occurred shortly before King Herod died, and we know there was an eclipse visible in Jerusalem on March 13,4 BC.
Tenor Dennis Petersen crafted the lecherous Herod at times as a sickeningly juvenile ruler who plays peek-a-boo with Salome during her erotic "Dance of the Seven Veils," (choreographed by Brenda Gorlick).
In these essays (one in untranslated German), international experts in Jewish studies, ancient history, and related fields examine issues including identification as Hebrew, Israelite, or Judean; the basis of the Maccabees' claim to priestly rule; purity/impurity in rabbinic Judaism; insider/outsider identity in texts of Qumran sect's Dead Sea Scrolls; Herod as a "half-Jew"; identification of "Herod's Days" with Hanukkah; and the complex roles of dietary laws and circumcision in maintaining group identity.
Wilde marks characters according to their origin in the "persons of the play": Herod Antipas (Tetrarch of Judaea), The Young Syrian (Captain of the Guard), Tigellinus (A Young Roman), A Cappadocian, A Nubian, Jews, Nazarenes, etc.
The inescapable conclusion: That portion of the temple could not have been completed by King Herod, who died in 4 B.
London, November 24 (ANI): Jerusalem's Western Wall, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews, may not have been built by King Herod after all, new discoveries have suggested.
Jonathan Herod, Liverpool Women's Medical Director, said: "We have long wanted to develop a service on this side of the river, and are delighted that we can now offer it in a brand new unit.