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Herod kills Bethlehem children
Herod killed the male children in Bethlehem two years old and younger.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Innocents, Massacre of the
Innocents, Massacre of theThe conventional, ecclesiastical name given to the slaughter by Herod I of male children two years old and under in Bethlehem and its environs at the time of the birth of Jesus (Mt. 2:16). I. Meaning and History of the Term II. Analysis of Narrative with Special Reference
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Innocents, Slaughter of the
INNOCENTS*, SLAUGHTER OF THE Herod the Great’s massacre of all the boys under two years old in Bethlehem and its vicinity (Mt 2:16–18). Herod slaughtered “the holy innocents” in an effort to destroy the child about whom the Magi had told him.Although Matthew does not specify Herod’s motive, secular
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Innocents, Slaughter of
INNOCENTS, SLAUGHTER OF. This term refers to the slaughter by Herod the Great of all the male children two years old and under in Bethlehem and its environs, in his effort to destroy the Christ Child (Mt 2:16). Description of the children as “innocents” may be traced to Cyprian in the 3rd cen. Since
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Innocents, Massacre of The
Innocents, Massacre of theA brief episode of male infanticide at Bethlehem recorded in the Infancy narrative in Matthew (Matt. 2:16–18). King Herod, duped by the astrologers from the East who are searching for the newborn king of the Jews, goes into a rage and kills all male children two years old and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Innocents, Massacre of the
Innocents, Massacre of the. †The slaughter of all male infants two years of age or under in the vicinity of Bethlehem, ordered by Herod the Great (Matt. 2:16–18). Through this atrocity Herod sought to destroy the infant King of the Jews of whom he had learned from the wisemen (vv. 2–6). From the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Innocents, Slaughter of
INNOCENTS, SLAUGHTER OF (see Matt. 2:16). The slaying of the young children of Bethlehem, by order of Herod, in the hope of killing Jesus. See Herod I.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Innocents, Slaughter of
INNOCENTS, SLAUGHTER OF — Herod the Great’s attempt to dispose of the infant Jesus by having all the male children of the region who were two years old and under put to death (Matt. 2:16–18). Such an act is in keeping with the cruelty that marked Herod’s reign. He thought the security of his throne was
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Massacre of the Innocents
Massacre of the Innocents. The slaughter of the babes of Bethlehem “from two years old and under,” when Jesus was born. This was done at the command of Herod the Great in order to cut off “the babe” who was destined to become “King of the Jews.”Micah 5:2 speaks of Bethlehem as a little place, a small
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Innocents, Slaughter of the
INNOCENTS, SLAUGHTER OF THE Herod’s murder of all boys under two years of age as he attempted to destroy the baby Jesus (Matt. 2:16–18). The magi or wise men searched for the One born king of the Jews. Herod the Great saw a claimant to his throne. When the magi failed to report back their finding of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Innocents, Massacre of the
innocents, massacre of the. This is the conventional name given to the slaughter of children two years old and under in Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:16–18). The statement of the Magi about a child to be born in Bethlehem who would become “king of the Jews” aroused in Herod the
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Massacre of the Innocents
Massacre of the InnocentsActions described in Mt. 2:16–18 (see Protevangelium of James 22.1ff.): when Herod learned he had been tricked by the Magi (→ Adoration of the Magi), he killed all the boys two years old or younger who were in and around Bethlehem (see Brown, 1977, 202ff.). This invention
Key passages
Mt 2:16–18

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been deceived by the wise men, became very angry, and he sent soldiers and executed all the children in Bethlehem and in all the region around it from the age of two years old and under, according to the time which he had …