Bible was never meant as Gospel
Gospel truths that are certainly not ... not what ? Not literally true, yes, as the authors would have agreed (Write Back, January 3-amp;4). Both Matthew and Luke were writing in the Jewish allegorical literary convention of Midrash.
The tale of Herod and his murderous intent is an allegory of Jesus as the new Moses, who was born not just for the Jews, but also for the Gentiles.
The Graeco/Roman world to which Paul introduced Jesus was unaware of the Jewish literary convention and gave literal credence to the allegoric tales; that mistake has persisted to modern times.
W B McBRIDE