BYU Studies Quarterly
Mormon studies, Herod, Masada, Dead Sea
Herod visited Masada, a Hasmonean mountain stronghold situated near the Dead Sea, on at least two occasions before he began his remarkable career as king of the Jews. Popularly known today as Herod the Great, Herod eventually became connected with this site when he indelibly placed his architectural mark on its isolated rocky plateau. Standing at an elevation of about thirteen hundred feet above the level of the Dead Sea, the fortress, now called Horvot Mezada (Ruins of Masada), is extremely difficult to access because of its steep and sometimes vertical sides.
Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 36:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol36/iss3/4