The Man Who Bridges the Old and New Testaments
St. John the Baptist is fascinating person because he provides a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is the last of the prophets, and the greatest of the prophets. How else is he connected to the Old Testament?
The Son of a Levite
Breaking the Mold of a Priest's Son
Initially, because of John's popularity, Herod was afraid to have John killed, and he was also somewhat fascinated by him. However, at one of his parties, Herod, who had drunk to much, offered any gift to his stepdaughter because he was pleased with her dancing. The stepdaughter consulted with her mother, who saw an opportunity to settle her score with John, and the stepdaughter asked to be given the head of John the Baptist. Because of the pressure to make good on his oath, Herod had John executed. His head was presented to the gathering at the party, and some of John's disciples retrieved his body in order to bury it.
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