The death of John the baptist.
Matthew 14.6-12 = Mark 6.21-29.
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Notes and quotes.
Martyr, Dialogue 49.4:
And this same prophet your king Herod had closed up in
prison, and when the day of his birth was being celebrated, and the niece of
the same Herod had pleased him well by her dancing, he said to her to ask
whatever she wished. And the mother of the child prompted her to ask for the
head of John, who was in prison; and when she asked it he sent and commanded
the head of John to be brought in on a platter.
§ R. H. Gundry,
Mark: A Commentary on His
Apology for the Cross, pages 313-314:
Josephus puts the execution of John at Machaerus in Perea;
and archaeological discoveries of a prison as well as a palace there, and of
two dining rooms (triclinia), one large and one small, fit John's
imprisonment, Herod's banquet, and the separateness of Herod and Herodias
during the banquet, presumably because the men were eating in the large dining
room, the women in the small one (V. Corbo and S. Loffreda in
S[tudii] B[iblici] F[ranciscani]
L[iber] A[nnuus] 31  257-86, pls. 26, 29-34;
F. Manns in SBFLA 31  287-90; B. Schwank in N[ew]
T[estament] S[tudies] 29  434; R. Riesner in
B[ibel und] K[irche] 39  176).
The apparent lack of separate dining rooms in the Herodian palaces at Masada,
the Herodion, and Jericho makes this undesigned coincidence all the more
impressive as evidence for historicity.