Doris, of Jerusalem, 1st wife

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Doris, of Jerusalem, 1st wife

Also Known As: "Sarah"
Birthplace: Idumaea
Immediate Family:

Ex-wife of Herod the Great, king of Judea
Mother of Antipater ., III of Judea
Sister of Theudion

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About Doris, of Jerusalem, 1st wife

Doris was King Herod’s first wife, whom he married before he aspired to the throne and married a Hasmonean princess. She bore him one son—his firstborn, Antipater (Ant. 14:300). When Herod married the Hasmonean he divorced Doris and sent her away (Josephus, BJ 1:432). After Mariamme’s execution, and Antipater’s renewed favor with his father, Doris was recalled to court (BJ 1:451). However, with the intrigues and plots that plagued Herod’s court toward his death in 4 B.C.E., Doris together with her son was implicated, and while Antipater was executed, Doris was once against banished from court (Ant. 17:68).


"Herod concluded ten marriages, all for political purposes. His wives were: Doris, from an unknown family in Jerusalem: married c.47, sent away 37; recalled 14, sent away 7/6. She was the mother of Antipater, who was executed in 4.


"Herod went back to Judea to win his kingdom from Antigonus and at the same time he married the teenage niece of Antigonus, Mariamne (known as Mariamne I), in an attempt to secure a claim to the throne and gain some Jewish favor. However, Herod already had a wife, Doris, and a three-year-old son, Antipater, and chose therefore to banish Doris and her child. "


Brother, Theudion

[Berenice, daughter of Salome 1] 's second husband, Theudion [was the] brother of Herod I's first wife Doris, and thus uncle of Antipater), was put to death for conspiring against Herod.


Wagner, Sir Anthony Richard; ‘Pedigree and Progress: Essays in the Genealogical Interpretation of History’


See Discussion looking for sources for the aka 'Sara' in Doris's name here.:

The Lineage of Sara, called Doris of Jerusalem, the Wife of King Herod


Jesus Bar-Panthera married Bianca, and was executed in 63 BCE. They became the parents of; à Sarah 37 (aka Doris of Jerusalem) , who married King Herod the Great an Idumean à at this time the Royal

Davidian lineage became Extinct because Doris of Jerusalem married outside of her family house and tribe; the House of David out of the Tribe of Judah.


Yet, this marriage was critical to King Herod in order to establish that he had married into the revered House of David. It appeared that Herod had a strategy in the women that he married, and it was not concerned with the laws of Torah.

As genealogist David Hughes explained:


David Hughes – “Herod had a difference of opinion about the laws of succession.

His first wife was a Davidide and his 2nd wife was a Maccabee, so he appears that he attempted to graft his pedigree into the family-tree of Israel's ancient kings & queens; which undoubtedly was this reason that Herod had his court scribe invent for him a descendant (list) from the Davidide Dynasty so as to qualify his offspring for the succession.


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