The barbarity of this section of Scripture is paralleled only, perhaps, by the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. A whoring mother who uses her sexuality to gain intimate access to the king, trains her daughter to do the same and then twists it into the murder of an innocent man. The girl receives the head of John the Baptist on a serving platter and gives it to her mom. I wonder how she slept that night with the head sitting on her dresser staring at her?!
The clear, bold preaching of John made Herod afraid, yet glad to hear him. And, it made Herodias angry enough to kill him. That had to be great preaching! Apparently the disciples' preaching resembled it because people thought John might have come back from the dead.