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Ese Ifa Oturah  אשא אףא עתארא

King Heri Iduu (Hero Ides, Herod) of Judah

In S. Afsai article, an affiliate of the Gihon Hebrews' Synagogue declares:  "We say we are Jews from blood. We are now excluded; we cannot go and participate as Jews in any place".  During the time the Herodians took control of Judah (Uwadaiyeh, Udaiyeh, Udah), they claimed to be Jews and excluded the original Jews.  Heri Attah of Iduu was king of Napata/Nabata, Ake-Apatah (Akeptah, Egypt) but became ruler of Judah due to his good relationship with the Romans colonial masters.  Herodian king built the second temple of Ake-Apatah or Oke Apatah hill, mountain of Peter (Rock).  Ancient Romans were Afrikans returnings from lndia battle of ten kings cica 500 BCE, they were war lords and protectors just like the modern Europeans of 1800s

It is generally accepted that Herod was born around 73 BCE in Idumea, south of Judea.  However, some authors think that he was born in about 72/71 BCE.  He was the second son of Antipater (Ane Atta Apatah) the Idumaean, a high-ranking official under ethnarch Hyrcanus II, and Cypros, a Nabatean (Nabata, Napata). Herod's father was by descent an Edomite (Edo, Idoma), whose ancestors had converted to Judaism. Herod was raised as a Jew (Oyo-Udaiyeh, Yudah, Judah).  

Before the Ashkenaz Jews there was Herodian Jews children of Heri Iduu or Eri Iduu who settled in Napata/Nabata in Uwadaiyeh present day north and north east Afrika.  The present day Israel and Judah were created in 1948 and named after the original land of Israel and Judah and Jerusalem in Afrika.  Uwadaiyeh is shortened for Udaiyeh, Udah (Judah).  

Herod's rule marked a new beginning in the history of Judea. Judea had been ruled autonomously by the Hasmonean (Hosimona) kings from 140 BCE until 63 BCE. The Hasmonean kings retained their titles, but became clients of Rome after the conquest by Pompey in 63 BCE. Herod overthrew the Hasmonean Antigonus in a three-year-long war between 37 and 34 BCE, ruled under Roman overlordship until his death ca. 1 CE, and officially passed on the throne to his sons, thus establishing his own, so-called Herodian dynasty. Herod was granted the title of "King of Judea" by the Roman Senate.  As such, he was a vassal of the Roman Empire, expected to support the interests of his Roman patrons.Herod's support from the Roman Empire was a major factor in enabling him to maintain his authority over Judea.   


Atta Heri Iduu