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"Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man."
Eight Sunday after Pentecost
John the Baptist Beheaded
Mark 6:14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him."
[Mark 6:14] (vv. 14-29) This section is embedded between the commissioning of the Twelve and their mission report (vv. 7-13, 30, 31) to help them gain perspective with respect to their mission's success and the certain persecution they will also experience. Herod's guilt over the murder of John the Baptist caused him to think that Jesus was John the Baptist, returned from the dead to haunt him. John the Baptist's death foreshadows the death of Jesus (14:43-15:47), and there are several parallels between the two "passion narratives": (1) Herod's and Pilate's attitudes of respect for John and Jesus (cf. v. 20; 15:5, 14); (2) the hatred of Herodias for John and the hatred of the Jewish leaders for Jesus; (3) Herod and Pilate each yielding to pressure to have his prisoner killed (cf. v. 26; 15:15); and (4) the mention of burial in a tomb (cf. v. 29; 15:43-46).
[Mark 6:17] Herodias, the daughter of Aristobulus, one of the sons of Herod the Great and Mariamne, married her uncle Philip, a brother of Aristobulus. Herod Antipas, the ruler in Mark's account, was the half brother of Philip. Though married to another, he lived out of wedlock with Herodias. Despite his general character, Herod Antipas was apparently fascinated with John the Baptist (cf. v. 20). When the Baptist denounced the scandalous private life of Herod, the king was embarrassed, and Herodias was enraged. The resulting execution of John is recorded in Mark 6:27, 28 (cf. Matt. 2:3, note).
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