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The tetrarch Herod Antipas in defiance of all laws, married Herodias, the wife of his living brother Philip.
St. John the Baptist reprehended the tetrarch and his accomplice for so scandalous an incest and adultery, and Herod, urged on by lust and anger,and perhaps political aims cast the Saint into prison.
About a year after St. John had been made a prisoner, Herod gave a splendid entertainment to the nobility of Galilee. Salome, a daughter of Herodias by her lawful husband, pleased Herod by her dancing, insomuch that he promised her to grant whatever she asked. Whether she danced or not is in contention…let’s say entertained;)
On this, Salome consulted with her mother what to ask. Herodias instructed her daughter to demand the death of John the Baptist, and persuaded the young damsel to make it part of her petition that the head of the prisoner should be forthwith brought to her in a dish.
This strange request startled the tyrant himself; he assented, however, and sent a soldier of his guard to behead the Saint in prison, with an order to bring his head in a charger and present it to Salome.
Surely there must have been a moment when Salome questioned her mother’s request and felt some remorse.
The story tells Salome married well and went on to live a happy life…but you have to wonder about the quiet moments, did she ever reflect on what she had been part of…?
3D and digital painting, the head of St John is a copy of the Caravaggio head…as I think he did the best ever version;)
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