HERODIANS, a sect or party mentioned in the New Testament together with the *Pharisees as opponents of Jesus (Mark 3:6; 12:13; Matt. 22:16). There are differences of opinion as to their identity, and the Church Fathers already put forward various theories all connected in one form or another with the name of *Herod the Great. Some recent scholars identify
Bickerman, in: RB, 47 (1938), 184–97; Avi-Yonah, in: IEJ, 16 (1966), 264; A. Schalit, Koenig Herodes (1969), 479ff.
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