Briefly but notoriously mentioned in both Josephus and the Gospels, Salome was the granddaughter of King Herod who is best known for a salacious performance that resulted in the execution of John the Baptist. Who was Salome, and does her bit part play a significant role in the representation of Jews and Judaism in medieval Christian thought? Part of the Jewish Biography as History series by Dr. Henry Abramson at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.
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Not to quibble but tetra means four as in the Tetragrammaton, the four letter name of G-d.
Thank you for introducing Salome.Is there any connection between the original Salome and Oscar Wilde character Salome?
Yes, he based his play on her life.
I would like to know more about the historical aspect of John the Baptist’s complaint– Herod and Herodias’ marriage was incestuous and therefore arayot. Was John trying to rally a crowd to stone them and, if so, how seriously would common people have taken John’s complaint about Herod’s sin vis a vis God’s wrath upon Israel?
Where did they find the coin?