Skip to comments.Dance floor where John the Baptist was condemned to death discovered, archaeologist says
Posted on 01/06/2021 5:16:38 AM PST by BenLurkin
Archaeologists claim that they have identified the deadly dance floor where John the Baptist...was sentenced to death around A.D. 29.
The Bible and the ancient writer Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100) both describe how King Herod Antipas, a son of King Herod, had John the Baptist executed. Josephus specified that the execution took place at Machaerus, a fort near the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan.
...Herod Antipas was set to marry a woman named Herodias, both of whom had been divorced — something that John the Baptist objected to.
At Herod Antipas' birthday party, Herodias' daughter, named Salome, performed a dance that so delighted Herod Antipas that the king promised her anything she wanted as a reward. Salome, goaded on by Herodias, asked for the head of John the Baptist. Herod Antipas was reluctant to grant the request, according to the Bible, but he ultimately decided to fulfill it and had John the Baptist's head brought to Salome on a platter.
More than half a dozen scholars not involved with the excavations talked to Live Science about the claim that Herod Antipas' throne, and the courtyard where the deadly dance was performed, had been found. Some scholars were convinced, while others were skeptical.
(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...
It has a very pretty view.
What a discovery. I was in the Holy Land in 2019. We went to the Dead Sea area including Qumran and Massada. The area has this austere natural beauty to it.
They had disco fever back then?
If I knew how to post pictures I’d post one from Saturday Night Fever :)
I found this easy to use:
Watch the VPO under Solti with Birgit Nilsson as Salome.
Full nudal frontity, as Archie Bunker would say...
Death by Disco?
Not nearly as good as death by snoo-snoo, but entertaining nonetheless.
I’m not a big opera fan but Salome is one I pay attention to mainly because of the Biblical and historical context. It always amuses me that the part of Salome is often performed by a 30 or even 40 year old singer/dancer. At time of the dance she might have been as young as 12 certainly not older than 17. As to if she danced nude who knows, she was Herod’s niece so he might not have wanted her displayed to the whole court, but Roman culture (at Herod’s court not the rest of the Jewish world) would have had some influence so maybe.
Some of you will make fun of anything.....and everything!
I’m sure that John the Baptist ( a relative of Jesus) wasn’t laughing when the guards came for his head
John is the one who baptized Jesus
Jesus loved him
When Mary was with child, Jesus, she visited her relative Elizabeth...
Elizabeth, although old, was also pregnant ....with John
There’s a wondrous story
This isn’t a laughing matter!
Understood, and thank you for setting me straight.
hehe. South Park rules.
Of course, no one in the Bible ever laughed.
Lighten up, Francis.
Lots of laughter in the Bible.....
My post was not directed at you.....
....I found your information very interesting!
She was right to object. Your objection to hers is foolish.
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