AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Roger Vizi, iBryon Smith, iFrank Stephenson, iDavid Arthur Walters, iDonald Beaulieu, idawn kunda, i Aberjhani, i

  Home > History > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

John Howard Reid

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 481 Titles
· 270 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Feb, 2008

John Howard Reid, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
The Shorter Version
by Kathryn Perry

New excerpt from The Shorter Version---page 148..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Le défi
by Antoine Raphael

Une adolescente abusée se décide, malgré tout, à concrétiser ses rêves..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan


Herod and the Baptist
By John Howard Reid
Friday, November 27, 2009

Rated "PG" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

An historical postscript inserted into Mark's Gospel, either by Mark himself or by an early editor, this narrative is certainly written in Mark's customary style. This important addition to Mark's Gospel is included in the book, "MARK and JOHN", a new translation in modern English of the complete first and last Gospels of the Bible's New Testament.

 

Herod and the Baptist  

As the miracles performed by Jesus were talked about everywhere, it was just a matter of time before the news reached Prince Herod Antipas and his court at Tiberias [by far the largest pagan city in Galilee]. Some of Herod’s courtiers even claimed that Jesus was actually John the Baptist, miraculously raised from the dead – which explained how it came about that these mighty powers of healing and miracle-working had accompanied his return to life.

    Others, however, gave it as their opinion that Jesus was Elias. Still others thought that Jesus was one of the other prophets – or perhaps even a prophet Himself.

    On the other hand, Prince Herod Antipas was certain. “It is John,” he said. “The very John I beheaded has been raised from the dead!”

    Less than a year had passed since Herod had sent his soldiers to arrest John and then imprisoned him in his palace. John’s “crime” was his insistence that God’s Law forbade the prince from marrying Herodias, the wife of his brother, Prince Philip.

    Herodias was furious. She wanted John killed in revenge, but had no power to give such an order herself.

    Herod, on the other hand, had a healthy respect for John – and even a fear of him. He knew John was not only a just man, a righteous and holy man, but a person on intimate terms with God Himself.

    So Herod kept John under guard in the palace, partly to protect him and partly because he liked to converse with John and hear what he had to say. True, John’s words often puzzled and disturbed him, but he listened gladly all the same.

    Herodias bided her time. Her chance finally came on Herod’s birthday, when the prince celebrated the occasion by throwing a big party at the palace to which he invited his aides, the officers of his army, and the leading male citizens of every sizable town in Galilee and Peraea.

    As part of the entertainment, Herodias volunteered the services of her daughter, Salome, a seductive and highly  accomplished dancer whom she knew would greatly please and fascinate Prince Herod and his guests.

    She was right.

    “Salome, Salome, ask me anything you like!” cried the besotted prince. “Even if you should ask for half my kingdom, I swear, in God’s name and before this whole company, I will give it to you!”       

    Salome left the feast to consult her mother. “What shall I ask for, mother?”

    “Ask for John the Baptist’s head!”

    Salome hurried back to the feast and said to Herod Antipas, “I want the head of John the Baptist – right now – on a tray!”

    This unexpected request grieved the prince exceedingly. But he had no choice. He had sworn an oath in front of all the leading citizens of his kingdom. So he immediately dispatched one of his bodyguards to the room where John was kept prisoner with orders to kill John and bring back his head on a tray. The soldier did so. He brought back John’s head, handed it to the girl, and she took it to her mother.

    When John’s disciples heard what had happened, they came for his body and laid it in a tomb.

 

       Web Site: Bible Wisdom

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!






With Love Stan: A Soldiers Letters From Vietnam To The World by Karen Epp

A primary source book, a compilation of Sp4 Stanley D. Ross's letters home from the front lines of Vietnam in 1969.Photographs and recollections of the men who served with Karen Ro..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Sir John Franklin by Anthony Dalton

A biography of the legendary English naval officer, diplomat and Arctic explorer who disappeared in the Arctic in 1845...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.