||Article of book
|Title (English, Long)
||Herodias Goes Headhunting
||Vander Stichele, Caroline
||From the Margins 2
||In this article two different readings of the story about the death of John the Baptist (Mk 6.14-29; Mt. 14.1-12) are discussed.
The first is the interpretation by Jean Delorme in his article ‘John the Baptist’s Head—The Word Perverted’, published in
Semeia 81 (1998), the second that of René Girard, as presented in his book The Scapegoat (1982). The interpretative choices
these authors make and how these choices affect their interpretation of the characters in the story are analyzed, focusing
especially on the role Herodias and her daughter play in the unfolding of the plot. Attention is also paid to the reception
history that can be seen operating in the background of these readings, more specifically the cultural reception of this story
in France in the second half of the nineteenth century.