The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
4. HEROD PLACES SOLDIERS IN VARIOUS PLACES SURROUNDING JERUSALEM.
[February 27 ^th:] Today I saw Herod's soldiers who had started
yesterday from Jerusalem arriving at three places. They came to Hebron,
Bethlehem, and another place, lying between those two in the direction
of the Dead Sea. I have forgotten its name. The inhabitants had no idea
why these soldiers had been sent to them and were somewhat disturbed.
Herod was crafty; he kept his own counsel and sought in secret for
Jesus. The soldiers stayed in these towns for some time; then, when
Herod completely failed to find the child born in Bethlehem, he
massacred all the children under two years of age.