Herod believed that John had reappeared as Jesus (Mk 6:16-6:16)

“But when Herod

Heard of it,

He said.


Whom I beheaded,

Has been raised.’”


ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ Ἡρῴδης ἔλεγεν Ὃν ἐγὼ ἀπεκεφάλισα Ἰωάνην, οὗτος ἠγέρθη.


There is nothing like this in Matthew, but in Luke, chapter 9:9, there was something similar, but Luke also said that Herod wanted to see Jesus.  King Herod had his own opinion.  He believed that Jesus was John resurrected.  Mark said that when Herod heard about this (ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ Ἡρῴδης), he had no doubt.  He said (ἔλεγεν) that it was John, whom he beheaded, raised up in Jesus (Ὃν ἐγὼ ἀπεκεφάλισα Ἰωάνην, οὗτος ἠγέρθη).  Herod saw an equivalence between John the Baptist and Jesus.

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