Machaerus

Machaerus (Muh-kee´ruhs)

A fortress-palace some 3,600 feet above the Dead Sea, about fifteen miles southeast of the mouth of the Jordan River. A fortress built on the site by Alexander Jannaeus (103–76 BCE) was destroyed by Pompey’s general Gabinius; it was then extensively rebuilt by Herod the Great to include a palace within the fortress. The site was regarded as strategically important by Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee and Perea (4 BCE–39 CE). According to the Jewish historian Josephus, Machaerus was the scene of the imprisonment and death of John the Baptist (Matt 14:3-12; Mark 6:17-29).

Matt 14:3-12

3For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,4because John had been telling him, “It is not ... View more

Mark 6:17-29

17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had marrie ... View more

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