JOHN THE BAPTIST. A 1st-century Jewish oracular prophet significant in the NT as a precursor of Jesus. John the Baptist was an ascetic, and conducted a ministry in the Judean wilderness that involved preaching and baptism. His popularity and the revolutionary possibilities of his message of social justice
John the Baptist. Forerunner of the Messiah who prepared the people for Jesus’ coming, proclaimed the need for forgiveness of sins, and offered a baptism symbolizing repentance. His ministry included the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, where he testified to Jesus being the Expected One from God.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
JOHN THE BAPTIST Forerunner of the Messiah who prepared the people for Jesus’ coming, proclaimed the need for forgiveness of sins, and offered a baptism symbolizing repentance. His ministry included the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, where he testified to Jesus being the Expected One from God.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
John the Baptist, or John the Baptizer, an important figure in each of the four nt Gospels. He is identified with the beginning of Jesus’s ministry and understood to be the forerunner of Jesus the Messiah. Reference to John is the first point of convergence among the canonical Gospels, all of which give
JOHN THE BAPTIST. Born (c. 7 b.c.) of elderly parents, Zacharias and Elisabeth, both of whom were of a priestly family, John grew up in the wilderness of Judea (Lk 1:80), and there (c.a.d. 27) he was called to his prophetic ministry (Lk 3:2). Under what influence he lived during his formative years
JOHN THE BAPTIST. Born (c. 7 bc) to an elderly couple, Zechariah a priest and his wife Elizabeth, he grew to manhood in the wilderness of Judaea (Lk. 1:80), where he received his prophetic call, c.ad 27 (Lk. 3:2). The view that his wilderness period was spent in association with the Qumran community
John (Gk. Iōánnēs)1. The father of Matthias and grandfather of Judas Maccabeus; son of the priest Simeon (1 Macc. 2:1).2. The oldest son of Matthias, surnamed Gaddi (2 Macc. 2:2). Sent to the Nabateans by his brother Jonathan to store the Maccabeans’ belongings, he was ambushed and killed by “the
JOHN THE BAPTIST (the name “John” is from the Hebrew, “The Lord is gracious”) The immediate precursor of Jesus, called “the Baptist” (ho baptistēs) and “the Baptizer” (ho baptizōn). John was a prophet and ascetic who prepared the way for Jesus as the Messiah and baptized him in the Jordan River. The
John the Baptist, St, the ‘Forerunner of Christ’. Acc. to (Lk. 1:5–25), he was the son of *Zachariah, a priest of the *Temple, and of *Elizabeth, a kinswoman of the BVM, to whom he was born in old age. His birth had been foretold by an angel (1:13–20), who had instructed Zachariah that he should be called