"Herod was a Jewish king"
Herod the Great (73-4 BC) (Herod I) was the son of an idumerean and a nabatee. Idumereans (also called Edomites) lived in southern Judea. Nebateeans, were Arabic, and their capital was Petra, in Jordan. Perhaps Herod's family was banished, he never being recognized by Israel, as a true Jew. He was emperor of Rome mercy. Because he wanted to strengthen, not afford to do much fuss, and the legendary killing babies did not exist, certainly. Merits gained primarily through building regulations, but also through an intelligent management.