Summary: Machaerus was an isolated military fortress located on the east side of
the Dead Sea, about fifteen miles southeast of the mouth of the River Jordan. After
John the Baptizer was arrested by Herod Antipas in the city of Jericho, he was sent
under guard to Machaerus. Herod’s initial intent was to simply imprison the Baptizer,
however, a delegation of scribes and Pharisees eventually convinced Herod to have
John executed (Y:5:28-49).