May I also add how and why John the Baptist was beheaded
?... Whatever, I will anyway.
John had been in prison
for quite a while before he was beheaded. This due, in part, to the fact that he had openly criticized Herod
for taking for himself Herodias
, the wife
of his half brother
, and also his niece
Herodias wasn't very happy with him for saying this and influenced Herod's decision to imprison
On his birthday
, after John had been imprisoned, Herod threw a party
at which Herodias' daughter Salome
ed by her rightful husband
. This entertainment pleased
Herod and his guests so much that he offered her anything that was in his power to give.
The silly girl, of course, couldn't decide what she wanted so she asked her mother
to decide for her. Hence, John the Baptist
was beheaded by orders of Herod, tetrarch
, after it was requested by his wife's daughter at his wife's urging.
For more information on this and other stories, try reading the Bible
. It's got some interesting stuff
even though the tone of this node may sound irreverent
to some people, I have much respect for John the Baptist and think that the happenings described above were disturbing and quite unfortunate.