Tuesday, May 8, 2007

King Herod Found - Critics Say "Looking a bit Pale"

This just in! - They may have found King Herod's Tomb:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_sc/israel_herod_s_tomb

I know, I know, lets not break out the calf-skin wine bags just yet. But I am excited for a number of reasons, not the least of which "Herod" is one of the few words that actually rhymes with "Jarod" - go ahead, try to think of some (Arid has already been taken).

Another is my cousin, "Tara the Great", and I find him interesting. For those that don't know, Herod was the King of Judea living ca 74 BC - 4 BC. He was the fellow involved with the massacre in Bethlehem as it was described in the Book of Matthew (allegedly...wrongful death suit in litgation). Despite this, he did many great things for his people - just do a google search and you will see what I mean. It was his son, Herod Antipas, who took an unfortunate exception to John The Baptist. This can be confusing, since both were named Herod.

Via Tara, the following history of the term "Sarcophagus" is quite interesting. Be sure to read it while eating, you with thank me. Incidentally, Tara not only has these random tidbits of information, but can properly handle a Japanese Katana - and I have proof. Just go to the "random" gallery on my homepage, www.jarodkearney.com, and you will see.

Word History: Sarcophagus, our term for a stone coffin located above ground and often decorated, has a macabre origin befitting a macabre thing. The word comes to us from Latin and Greek, having been derived in Greek from sarx, "flesh," and phagein, "to eat." The Greek word sarkophagos meant "eating flesh," and in the phrase lithos ("stone") sarkophagos it denoted a limestone that was thought to decompose the flesh of corpses placed in it.

9 comments:

Nedra said...

Interesting -- I just listened to a commentary on Harod today on NPR.

Anniina said...

Umm... thanks. "Would you like some decomposing flesh on a limestone slab with your frosty-puffs?" A perfectly good bowl of cereal just got ruined. *sigh*

Jarod said...

Nedra - They haven't confirmed it, but it's still a pretty cool find regardless.
- Anniina - Well, I'm here to help (said in 1950's housewife voice)!

Tisha! said...

wooo info packed post! very interesting Herod story, thanks :)

Jarod said...

Cheers Tisha!

LisaBinDaCity said...

I think looking "pale" is probably the understatement of the century(s) ;-)

Autumn said...

I just went through the entire alphabet trying to see if anything else rhymes with "Jarod". Nothing...you are right! Thanks for the info...very interesting.

Martin Lindsey. said...

Cool blog man. I love history. I'm tag teaming you with the PBS documentaries from now on.

Jarod said...

Cheers, Martin.