The decision made by the Jewish prince Antipas
in favour of a national Jewish religious and cultural identity led to the creation of the Old Testament literature and the formation of a Jewish identity based on these writings.
The monarchist model with the idea of the Messiah as the ideal monarch appealed to a range of religious and social groups. It led via Jesus and the Apostles, who led these groups, to Christianity.
1.3.4. Public buildings: Herod the Great competed with the Romans in the field of public buildings. He had fortresses, cities, harbours,
temples and theatres built all over the country. He had the temple area of the Jerusalem temple enlarged to match the dimensions of the Forum Romanum, the inner-city temple district in Rome.
1.3.5. National Literature: During the time of Herod’s successors, the Jews started to compete with Rome in the field of literature. Up to then, they had no written cultural tradition; now they created a new national literature, the writings we know as the Old Testament. They oriented their writing on Roman texts of the republican period that were still much admired in the imperial period.