John the Baptist Beheaded

Herod Antipas feared John the Baptist.

Anyone else’s criticism of Herod’s new marriage arrangement with his brother’s ex-wife might have been dismissed by the king as typical disgruntled murmuring, or he’d have simply axed or hung or crucified the propagandist, but John was a highly influential figure in society.

John was the kind of guy that could overthrow a steward king like him with a flick of his wrist. He was the kind of guy whose execution could spark a revolution.

So motivated by a double dose of fear, Herod imprisoned John indefinitely.

It seems the king actually came to like the prophet, or appreciate him at least. Herod would sit with his prisoner and listen to his philosophy.

So it was with great dismay when after a rash and socially binding promise of “anything you want” to his step-daughter she returned with the request (at her mother’s counsel),

“I want John’s head on a platter.”

Written by Troy DeShano

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Michael Cina

Michael Cina is an art director and artist based in Minneapolis, MN. background is rooted in minimal and graphic communication and visual narratives. He currently leads a multi-disciplinary design studio, Cina Associates. Michael is known globally for originating YouWorkForThem, a graphic design boutique, and its sister company, WeWorkForThem, an award-winning design studio.

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