Within viewing distance of Bethlehem stands the Herodium, one of Herod the Great’s fortresses that became his place of burial. It is ironic that the “king of might” was buried just a short distance from the birthplace of the “King by Right,” whom Herod tried so hard to destroy. From the Herodium, one can see the towers on the Mount of Olives to the northwest, the village of Bethlehem to the west, and the Judean Wilderness and Dead Sea to the east. This is the land where David shepherded his flocks as a boy.

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