King Herod when hearing of Jesus says he is John risen from the dead!

King Herod knew and protected John the Baptist.  He had him beheaded against his will in the end.  When the reports about Jesus got to Herod's ears he said that this man must be John back from the dead as in risen from the dead. 

Nobody understands this for Jesus and John were supposedly ministering at the one time and Herod knew John.  The explanation is that the gospels were lying that John and Jesus's careers overlapped or that people were so gullible that they were able to believe in resurrections and not let the facts stop them. 

Herod could believe John rose but did not believe Jesus rose.  That says a lot. And Herod had a lot to lose - eternal life - he would have been a man of his time and believed that stuff. Even if the apostles died for their testimony to Christ his testimony against was the stronger for he risked eternal damnation.  And he did have a severe conscience problem over John's murder so he would have been susceptible to the hope offered by the resurrection of Jesus. 

I do not consider the suggestion that perhaps Herod's reasoning was that Jesus was possessed by John's spirit and so John rose in that sense to be plausible. This view is based on Carl Kraeling who says Herod actually said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and because of this the powers are at work (dia touto ener-gousin ai dunameij) in [Jesus].”  Because of the occult connotations of the powers, Matthew in his revision of Mark leaves the expression out.

To quote Peter Bolt, " Despite the fact that so few have noticed it, and so many have ignored it, it seems that the narrative is saying clearly that Herod considered Jesus to be a magician who had raised John’s spirit in order to capitalize upon its power. This is why the focus is upon John’s beheading. A beheaded man, as a biaioqanatoj, would make a powerful ghost and would be highly sought after by the magicians. When Herod suggests that Jesus has ‘raised’ John, he uses language that regularly appears in the magical material for the summoning of the ghostly daimon from its rest in the underworld in order to do the magician’s bidding. "  The powers Jesus had are according to Carl and Peter referring to how a man can use a dead person's ghost to do miracles.  Rising from the dead meant rising from the dead and Herod would have expected John to have magic powers if he got back from the dead in a new body. 

Ross Kraemer notes how Mark's gospel despite space being tight and its eagerness for shortness dwells at length on John's death as if to convince readers that John really died and was buried and was not coming back.  The implication is that John's head was missing so John could not rise. 

However we are not told where John was buried or if the tomb was checked!

All that shows us that the idea of a prophet rising from the dead to save the world could have started with King Herod!!  Who knows what debt the Christians owe Herod!

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