Herod the great one of the most famous builders of the biblical world is a name well known to readers of the new testament recently a team led by ehud netzer a leading israeli archaeologist of the herodian period discovered the tomb of herod. Herod the great is widely recognized as the greatest builder of ancient times in the land of israel the remains of structures he erected form a major portion of the architectural landscape at the turn of the era. Ehud netzer 1934 2010 was professor emeritus at the institute of archaeology at the hebrew university of jerusalemhe initiated and directed excavations at several building projects of herod the great and authored the award winning masada volume 3 the buildings stratigraphy and architecturehe received his phd from hebrew university. Ehud netzers book the architecture of herod the great builder is both informative and interesting herod the great 73 4 bc was nearing the end of his life when jesus was born however one of herods great architectural projects the rebuilding of the temple and its precincts was still not finished during the ministry of jesus some 30
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