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Chapter 12 - The capture of John the Baptist. Herod's relationship with Herodias.

12,1. Says Zinka: “If I were to speak completely freely and openly without any negative consequences, I could give you the true reason since I myself was a participant in the arrest of that most innocent of all supremely innocent people. But if there is perhaps too much dry straw on the roof, it is then much better for me, if I keep quiet about the matter as I can not bring it back to mind without suffering the greatest heartache together with the most bitter and poisonous rage!”

12,2. Says Cyrenius: “You may speak completely freely and openly, because among us you will not find any very dry straw on the roof!”

12,3. Says Zinka: “Well and good, now listen to me! I said previously to you, that I do not believe in any God anymore; since everything that is taught in the temple about Him is a lie, the blackest and most shameful lie! Because such a God can never exist in all eternity! Our unlucky friend John taught the people in all seriousness to recognize the right God, and his teachings were long overdue and benefitted in the highest degree every person who does not belong to the temple and who is not a Pharisee. However his teachings about the true God were an even bigger horror to the temple. As a very perceptive man, you will now be able slowly and gently to start to understand the direction from which the storm began to blow.

12,4. The temple clerics would already have liked for quite some time to have silenced poor John, had it not been for the common people of whom they were afraid as most of them had already started to see through the most disgraceful lies and the blackest deception. They therefore devised a plan to make Herod believe that our John had secretly hatched a plot to incite the people to terrible mutiny against Herod the oppressor, based on all kinds of false and subtly disguised insinuation.

12,5. In the end Herod was influenced by this situation to such an extent, that he himself, accompanied by us, hurried to a very desolate area of Jordan in order to convince himself as to whether the threat from John was in fact really so dangerous! When he reached John, however, even employing the most carefully devised investigation methods, he could not find the slightest evidence of all the things that the priests of the temple had tried to make him believe. By the end of the visit, he himself was fiercely upset by such indescribable wickedness on the part of the temple and its followers.

12,6. Afterwards the clerics put pressure on him to eliminate John and in my presence he said to them with a scowl that he would never permit the advice or the desires of wretched, greedy dogs to force him to target anyone if he himself was unconvinced!

12,7. Hearing this vigorous response the swarthy clerics withdrew and fell silent. Nevertheless, they remained true to their evil plans; while outwardly showing a brave face about the worsening turn of events from their viewpoint, behaving as if they were no longer worried about John in the slightest, but secretly hiring assassins who were engaged to snuff out the man of God.

12,8. When Herod found out about this, he felt pity for the honest, harmless seer. He called us together and told us, what he had heard and finally said: ‘Listen, I must save this person! Make a show of going to him carrying weapons and chains, bind him lightly, tell him my secret plan and he will follow you! I will protect him well in a safe prison here and he will be allowed to communicate freely with all of his disciples!’

12,9. When all of this had happened, John was as content as he could be in the circumstances. But the nest of swarthy vipers in the temple very quickly learned that Herod were keeping John in prison under false pretences while at the same time allowing him complete freedom to communicate with his disciples. They then began to consult with each other again, as to how they could finally influence Herod and cause the man to lay his own hands on John.”

12,10. At this point Zinka fell silent but Cyrenius begged him to proceed with his story. Zinka therefore continued to speak: “The swarthy minions in the temple quickly learned that Herod, who was half Jew and half still a heathen, liked to see young Herodias, but as a Jew he did not confidently dare to enter into a closer relationship with her for fear of an accusation of adultery. Herod himself would really not have been too concerned about this; but because of the loudmouthed priests of the temple he was forced into at least an outward show of decorum.

12,11. The swarthy clerics were aware of all this, so they sent a gifted but rather impish speaker to Herod with the proposal that if Herod would make a small sacrificial offering to God, it would be permissible for him to keep a concubine because of the known infertility of his wife and that he would be fully immune from any protest from the temple.

12,12. Herod jumped at this proposal, gave the messenger a few pounds of gold and the matter was concluded. He immediately send a messenger to Herodias, and she of course did not object too much before complying with the wishes of Tetrarch Herod, particularly since she had also been persuaded and encouraged to do so by her mother. The older Herodias was a woman as if made for Satan. There was nothing good in her – and consequently, more that was radically evil. The old woman herself presented her daughter, quite strikingly made up, to Herod for the first time and commended her to his mercy. Although Herod treated the daughter very tenderly he did not commit any sinful act with her. He gave her many presents and granted her unrestricted access to himself.

12,13. When she returned home to her mother, the young woman was questioned, as to what she had said and done with Herod. The daughter spoke the truth, praised Herod’s friendly but nevertheless very sober manner, told her that he had given her many presents and that he had granted her free access to him. The only condition was that she should remain true to him in her heart.

12,14. However the old witch was thinking to herself and I, who had been ordered to take Herodias to her home, could read the old woman’s mind like a clearly written script by looking in her eyes: ‘Look, there is something behind this! If Herod did not let himself be ensnared by the considerable charms of my daughter this time round, he will also not be trapped a second time!’ But as the old woman would lose her right to ask Herod for compensation for the daughter’s loss of honour, she gave the young one a stern lecture as to how she should proceed the next time to persuade Herod to sleep with her.

12,15. I was annoyed and quickly left the house of the old witch, returned to Herod and told him everything that I had observed. That Herod was not very pleased with this report, everybody can think for themselves. He soon went to John and told him the whole story.”

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