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Palestinians Arrested Smuggling Statue of King Herod's Wife

Mariamne, second wife of King Herod (Photo: wikicommons/Bibliothèque nationale de France)

We love telling you of biblical discoveries in the Holy Land. And today, The Jerusalem Post's Maayan Groisman reports on a statue of King Herod's second wife that was found being smuggled by Palestinians:

A statement released by the PPS following the incident read: "Based on intelligence information, security forces burst on Sunday into a home in Zeita, a village in north Tulkarm, and carried out a complicated security operation, during which they arrested three archaeologists and confiscated the statue."

According to the statement, the archaeologists held negotiations with an Arab-Israeli merchant aimed at selling the statue for $600,000...

Born in 74 BCE in Idumea, south of Judea, King Herod reigned in Judea for 33 years, during which he reconstructed the Second Temple. He had ten wives, but his true love was Mariamne, the last princess of the Hasmoneans, who were Herod's biggest enemy.

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