Wednesday, 27 July 2016

where was john the baptist beheaded?

Machaerus: Where John the Baptist was Beheaded

Restoration work gives archaeological context to Biblical scene

Megan Sauter  •  01/12/2015

Who beheaded John the Baptist in the Bible? What were the circumstances of his death? This famous Biblical episode—the notorious dance that ended in death—is recounted in Matthew 14:1–12 and Mark 6:14–29. The sordid details play out much like a Greek tragedy: Princess Salome dances before her stepfather, King Herod, at his birthday party. Pleased, he offers to grant her anything that she desires. After conferring with her mother, Herodias, Princess Salome asks for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. (Earlier, John the Baptist had angered Herodias by saying that her marriage to Herod was not legal; Herodias had previously been married to Herod’s brother, Philip, but had divorced him so that she could marry Herod.) Herod complies with the wish of Salome, and John the Baptist is beheaded.

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for the rest of the article, pls go to the url below:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/anastylosis-at-machaerus-where-john-the-baptist-was-beheaded/

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