Archaeologists claim to have discovered the place where John the Baptist was sentenced to death. It is about the locality of Maheron in today’s Jordan, where, according to the archaeologist, there was a podium on which Salome asked King Herod Antipas for the head of Jesus’ forerunner.
According to tradition, John the Baptist, also known as John the Baptist, announced the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. The Bible, but also the Roman writer Flavius Josephus, testify that John the Baptist lost his life. It was the Roman writer who mentioned the fortress of Maheron near the Dead Sea as the place of his execution.
King Herod Antipas feared the growing influence of John the Baptist, writes Flavius Josephus, so he executed him for that. The Bible states that Herod Antipas executed John in exchange for dancing, reports Sputnik.
The biblical story tells how Herod Antipas wanted to marry Herodias, the ex-wife of his brother Philip, which John the Baptist opposed.
At Herod’s birthday party, Herodias’ daughter Salome delighted Herod with a dance, so he promised her whatever she wanted as a reward, and she asked for the head of John the Baptist.
Archaeologists investigating the site now claim to have found a dance floor on which the death sentence was handed down. Djeze Veres, the leader of the research, states that they also discovered the throne of Herod Antipas.
The site where the new research was carried out has been known for decades, but archaeologists have only now determined that it is Herod’s throne, stated Veres. Since it is a royal throne, it is clear that there was a dance floor near it where Saloma played a deadly dance, claims the archaeologist.
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A team of archaeologists also published in their book a reconstruction of the appearance of the castle from the time when John the Baptist was executed. However, expert opinions on this discovery are divided.
Morten Herning Jensen, a Norwegian expert, author of a book about Herod Antipas, states that it is historically possible that this discovery is what Veresh considers him, writes Live Science.
On the other hand, Jody Magnes, a professor at the University of North Carolina, praises the work of the team of archaeologists, but the discovery according to which Herod’s throne was found, is questionable. As he says, the object that Veres claims is the throne of Herod Antipas, is much smaller than the throne of his father Herod the Great in the winter palace in Jericho.
Eric Myers, professor emeritus at Duke University, again states that it is very possible how the throne of Herod Antipas was found.
“Apparently, an ideal match was found between the literary and archaeological sources that place the execution of John the Baptist in that particular place. “This is a strong ‘case’ and I eagerly await the final report,” Myers said.
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