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King Herod


And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (Mark:6:14)


Herod — heroic.

John — Jehovah-favored.


Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. (Mark:6:15)


Elias — God of Jehovah; {Elijah} the name of the famous prophet; Helias (that is Elijah) an Israelite.


But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. (Mark:6:16)


The phrase, “And he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him,” in verse fourteen doesn’t make sense if in verse sixteen the “Author of the Gospel of Mark” wrote the phrase, “But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead!?”


For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. (Mark:6:17)


For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. (Mark:6:18)


Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: (Mark:6:19)


For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. (Mark:6:20)


And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; (Mark:6:21)


And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. (Mark:6:22)


And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. (Mark:6:23)


And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. (Mark:6:24)


And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. (Mark:6:25)


Charger — a plate.


And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. (Mark:6:26)


And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, (Mark:6:27)


And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. (Mark:6:28)


And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. (Mark:6:29)


The word, “Corpse” is unique to and only used in this one verse of the Gospel of Mark.


And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. (Mark:6:30)


It seems the Gospel of Mark chapter six verses fourteen through twenty-nine were added after the original manuscript was published.


Two reasons:


1. The names Herod, Herodias and Herodians all mean; “Heroic.”

2. The name John means; “Jehovah-favored.”


Using the “Pertinent Words and Names Method of Interpreting the Holy Bible,” that is, the reverse-translating of the words and names found in the King James Version of the Holy Bible from English back into their Hebrew and Greek languages, “Heroes” beheading a person “Jehovah-favored” just doesn’t make sense!


Also, if you were to remove verses fourteen through twenty-nine of Mark chapter six, verse thirty picks up perfectly where verse thirteen left off!


Verse thirteen:


And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. (Mark:6:13)


Verse thirty:


And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. (Mark:6:30)


Matthew


At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, (Matthew:14:1)


Tetrarch — the ruler of a fourth part of a country.


And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (Matthew:14:2)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (Mark:6:14)


Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. (Mark:6:15)


Verses one and two chapter fourteen of the Gospel of Matthew reads so much better than verses fourteen and fifteen chapter six of the Gospel of Mark.


For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. (Matthew:14:3)


Herodias’ — a woman of the Herodian family.

Philip’s — fond of horses.


For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. (Matthew:14:4)


Lawful — it is right (through the figurative idea of being out in public): — be lawful let X may (-est).


And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. (Matthew:14:5)


But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. (Matthew:14:6)


Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. (Matthew:14:7)


Promised — to assent that is covenant acknowledge.

Oath — a limit that is (sacred) restraint (specifically oath).


And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. (Matthew:14:8)


And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. (Matthew:14:9)


And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. (Matthew:14:10)


And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. (Matthew:14:11)


And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. (Matthew:14:12)


When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. (Matthew:14:13)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. (Mark:6:29)


And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. (Mark:6:30)


What?! Nobody said anything about the “Beheaded,” John the Baptist in the Gospel of Mark?!”


Luke


Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; (Luke:9:7)


And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. (Luke:9:8)


Elias — God of Jehovah.


The author, “Authors” or “Authorities” have, by far, the best beginning to this story!


And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. (Luke:9:9)


The phrase, “John have I beheaded,” is unique to the Gospel of Luke which means the character Herod probably didn’t behead the character John the Baptist.


And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. (Luke:9:10)


Bethsaida — fishing house.


It seems the Gospel of Luke chapter nine verses seven through nine were added after the original manuscript was published.


It also seems for the same reason given for the, “Herod Beheading John the Baptist Story,” found in the Gospel of Mark between verses thirteen and thirty in chapter six:


1. The names Herod, Herodias and Herodians all mean; “Heroic.”

2. The name John means; “Jehovah-favored.”


And:


If you were to remove verses seven through nine of Luke chapter nine, verse ten picks up perfectly where verse nine left off.


In verse six:


And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. (Luke:9:6)


In verse ten:


And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. (Luke:9:10)


The “Shake Off the Dust Story” and the “King Herod” stories are separated by three chapters in the Gospel of Matthew.


It seems the “King Herod Story” originated in the Gospel of Matthew and was added to the Gospels of Mark and Luke sometime later, after their original manuscripts had been published.

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