21/01/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
2007. A drizzling, wind-blown Spring day found us standing atop the hill that is Herodian – one of King Herod’s three palaces in Israel (built just over 2000 years ago).
Herodian sits within an easy drive of Jerusalem, and Bethlehem rests in Herodian’s shadow.
Apart form being a king and an engineering visionary, Herod is probably best known for ordering the massacre of all infant boys (2 years and younger, from in and around Bethlehem) in an effort to kill Jesus Christ.
When standing at Herodian, you realise just how close Bethlehem was to his palace. A massacre is not such a great way to make friends with your neighbouring subjects!
At one point, on that grey, overcast, raining day, the clouds parted a little, and glorious sunbeams burst through. What made this beauty extra special was that the rays were slanting towards Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Very special.