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in the New Testament, children of Bethlehem "from two years old and under," killed by the order of Herod the Great in the attempt to destroy the infant Jesus. The Innocents have been venerated in the Christian Church as martyrs since ancient times.
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Holy Innocents,

in the New Testament, children of Bethlehem "from two years old and under," killed by the order of HerodHerod,
dynasty reigning in Palestine at the time of Jesus. As a dynasty the Herods depended largely on the power of Rome. They are usually blamed for the state of virtual anarchy in Palestine at the beginning of the Christian era.

Antipater (fl. c.65 B.C.
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 the Great in the attempt to destroy the infant Jesus. The Innocents have been venerated in the Christian Church as martyrs since ancient times. In the Eastern Church they are known as the Holy Children. Their feast, formerly known in England as Childermas, is Dec. 28.

Holy Innocents

male infants slaughtered by Herod. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 179; N.T.: Matthew 2:16–18]

Holy Innocents

infant boys massacred in Bethlehem under Herod. [O.T.: Matthew 2:16–18]
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A mid-thirteenth-century panel from Alatri, for example, neatly paired the Massacre of the Innocents and the baptism of Jesus, and an image in the Huntingfield Psalter did the same.
Anders Behring Breivik carried out his massacre of the innocents to draw attention, he said, to an "invasion" by immigrants which will mean the "Islamisation" of Europe.
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Among the offerings at this year's European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht (9-18 March), is Pieter Breughel the Younger's Winter Landscape with the Massacre of the Innocents, with Johnny van Haeften.
Opening with the Massacre of the Innocents at the behest of King Herod (Hinds), the film rewinds 12 months to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem where the priest Zechariah (Townsend) receives a vision from God.
Opening with the Massacre of the Innocents at the behest of King Herod, the film rewinds 12 months to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem where the priest Zechariah receives a vision from God.
5cm x 41cm (estimate pounds 800/1,200), an early 19th century English School oil on canvas of the departure of the Oxford Post Coach, 63cm x 75cm (pounds 1,000/1,500), an oil on canvas by a follower of Peter Paul Rubens, of The Massacre of the Innocents, probably painted in the 18th century, 68cm x 86cm (pounds 500/700) and a 19th century Florentine School oil after Raphael entitled Madonna della Sedia, 38cm diameter, which is framed in a 19th century Florentine carved giltwood replica of the original (pounds 1,000/1,500).
In July 2002, for example, its Old Master Paintings auction set a famous record when The Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens sold for GBP 45 million.
The Massacre of the Innocents, painted between 1609 and 1611, was sold for pounds 49,506,650.
NOBODY in Birmingham will ever forget the massacre of the innocents on the terrible night of November 21, 1974.
The massacre of the innocents will live long in the lethal lexicon of The Troubles - a family day out forever stained with the blood of the defenceless.
My sense is also that titles have, in addition to their descriptive content - "The Flaying of Marsyas," "The Adoration of the Shepherds," "The Massacre of the Innocents," "The Resurrection" - the force of interjections, like Behold