History of Childermas: Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Jewish History

There are other accounts outside the Bible contemporary with King Herod that show insight into his character. The historian Josephus relates numerous episodes where Herod would kill leaders as well as have various members of his own family killed, prompting Caesar Augustus back in Rome to quip “I’d rather be Herod’s pig than his son” playing on the Greek homonyms pig (hus)and son (huios) in addition to the well-known Jewish law against consuming pork. Additionally, the pseudepigraphical 1st-century work, the Assumption of Moses, considered an extra-canonical apocryphal book though quoted in the New Testament, in a passage usually understood to be a prophesy about Herod says:

Non-canonical Literature

The later pseudepigraphical Protoevangelium of James (aka Gospel of James) written around 150 AD talks about this incident. Later, in the 400s we read from Macrobius‘ Latin work Saturnalia:

Music and Art

Historically in music, the 16th century Coventry Carol sung during Christmas recounts the story as told from the perspective of a mourning mother.

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Massacre of the Innocents

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