Site of John the Baptist’s Death in the Bible Discovered?

Archaelogists Say They’ve Found the ‘Deadly Dancefloor’ Where Herod Sentenced the Preacher to Death

John the Baptist Tomb
The tomb of Saint John the Baptist at a Coptic monastery in Lower Egypt, where the bones of the preacher were said to have been found. (Photo: No machine-readable author provided. Lollylolly78~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Archaeologists claim that they have identified the deadly dance floor where John the Baptist — a preacher who foretold the coming of Jesus — was sentenced to death around A.D. 29.

The Bible and the ancient writer Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100) both describe how King Herod Antipas, a son of King Herod, had John the Baptist executed. Josephus specified that the execution took place at Machaerus, a fort near the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan.

Herod Antipas feared the growing influence of John the Baptist among the population and so he executed him Josephus wrote. The Bible, on the other hand, tells a far more elaborate tale, claiming that Herod Antipas had John the Baptist executed in exchange for a dance.

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