Sir Charles, you wrote (in part);
"The Ptolemaic and Seleucid thrones ultimately both collapsed under Roman pressure. Herod the Great, brought up in Rome, became a Roman puppet king over a patch-work of territories formerly controlled by either the Ptolemies or Seleucids. Improbably, the relative backwater of Jerusalem in Israel became the capital of that reconstituted empire, and Herod transformed it into a city worthy of that distinction - the center of a neo-Davidic dynasty."
In mt humble opinion you are exactly correct!
But,the "reconstituted empire", was not just created! It exismuch later in our relative time line.
But, I shall say no more!
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