“How so, if Jesus wasn’t going to try to overthrow and take Herod’s throne? How was Jesus a legitimate political threat to Herod?
“I think it has to do with how political power is built upon our allegiances, how we swear ultimate loyalty. At root, patriotism is an act of worship. Consequently, while Jesus may not have attempted to seize Herod’s power he did radically undermine his power, dissolving it and reducing it to nothing.
“And when the state sees its allegiances weakened, changed, called into question or vacated it will respond. Violently.
Richard Beck on The Slaughter of the Innocents