King Herod is the king
portrayed in the New Testament
as ordering the slaughter
of young boys
in order to kill Jesus
, who supposedly escaped by going to Egypt
However, research shows that the reputation he has had throughout history as being evil and ruthless is probably unfounded, unfair, and libellous. There is no other historical record of a slaughter of babies at the time and in the area. Such a major event would surely have caused some of the historians who are always quoted as supporting the Bible to at least mention it.
This is the knowledge that always comes in handy to me when someone states an opinion in direct contrast to my own and cites the Bible as evidence.
"The Devil can quote scripture for his purpose."