When the girl asks her mother what she should request, she is told to demand the head of John the Baptist.
Reluctantly, Herod orders the beheading of John, and his head is delivered to her, at her request, on a plate.
Josephus says that Herodias had a daughter by the name of Salome.
And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased." King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known.
" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist." And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.
And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head.
Herodias demands his execution, but Herod, who 'liked to listen' to John, is reluctant to do so because he fears him, knowing he is a 'righteous and holy man'.
The account then describes how Herod's daughter Herodias (NRSV; other translations refer to the girl as the daughter of Herodias) dances before Herod, who is pleased and offers her anything she asks for in return.Some said, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead.That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him." But others said, "He is Elijah." And others said, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." But when Herod heard of it, he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised." For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions, and is honored as a saint in many Christian traditions.Other titles for John include John the Forerunner in Eastern Christianity and "the prophet John" (Yaḥyā) in Islam.John the Baptist is mentioned in all four canonical Gospels and the non-canonical Gospel of the Nazarenes.