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Herod imprisons John the Baptist

John the Baptist in prison

PEREA, JUNE 12, AD 26

Early this morning officials of Herod Antipas placed John the Baptist under arrest. The action shocked John’s followers, who have fled. Some went north, reportedly to join Jesus.

No formal charges have been made today, but the general belief is that John’s proclamation of a new kingdom provoked Herod. In addition, John attacked Herod’s domestic activities, especially his marriage to a previously married woman. John has been incarcerated at the fortress of Machaerus.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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