I Pity Salome

Matthew 14:11, “And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.”

“Herodias…she was the granddaughter of Herod the Great…and therefore the niece of both brothers. This Philip, however, was not the tetrarch of that name mentioned in Luke 3:1…but one whose distinctive name was ‘Herod Philip,’ another son of Herod the Great – who was disinherited by his father. Herod Antipas’ own wife was the daughter of Aretas, king of Arabia; but he prevailed on Herodias, his half-brother Philip’s wife, to forsake her husband and live with him, on condition, says Josephus (Antiquities 18.5, 1), that he should put away his own wife…It was not lawful, because Herod’s wife and Herodias’ husband were both living; and further, because the parties were within the forbidden degrees of consanguinity (see Leviticus 20.21); Herodias being the daughter of Aristobulus, the brother of both Herod and Philip [Josephus 18.5, 4]…and when the daughter of the said Herodias – her daughter by her proper husband, Herod Philip: Her name was Salome [Josephus ib.]…the girl…was of the age of twelve years.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

I pity Salome. Her father was disinherited, and possibly exiled. Her mother divorced her dad and married her uncle. Her heartless mother made her ask for the head of a man and then deliver it to her on a large platter.

She must have had nightmares for years!