John the Baptist baptizes Jesus
Jesus came from Nazareth and John baptized him in the Jordan.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Jesus
BAPTISM OF JESUS* Major event in Jesus’ life, which marked the beginning of his ministry. The fact that John the Baptist baptized Jesus is disputed by very few scholars today, but the purpose and significance of Jesus’ baptism remain controversial.The Gospel accounts agree that John’s baptism was a
Catholic Bible Dictionary
A. The Baptism of Jesus
A. The Baptism of JesusWhen Jesus came to be baptized by John the Baptist, he did not come to confess his sinfulness. Rather he signaled his sharing of true union with the sinful humanity he had come to redeem (Phil 2:7). His baptism is a Trinitarian event: the Father’s declaration of Christ’s sonship,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Baptism of Christ
Baptism of Christ. This event is recorded by the first three Evangelists and implied by Jn. Even those critics who question the historical accuracy of many details in the Gospels accept that Jesus Christ came to hear St *John the Baptist and, like others, received baptism at his hands, thus endorsing
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Christ
Baptism of ChristChrist had to be formally inaugurated into the public discharge of his offices. For this purpose he came to John, who was the representative of the law and the prophets, that by him he might be introduced into his offices, and thus be publicly recognized as the Messiah of whose coming
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
Baptism of Our Lord
Baptism of Our Lord. A feast day that commemorates Jesus’ *baptism in the Jordan River by *John the Baptist. It now tends to be celebrated the *Sunday following the celebration of *Epiphany since the meanings of the two feasts are related.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
4. John’s Baptism of Jesus
4. John’s Baptism of Jesus.—When John began to baptize, Jesus was still an unknown artisan in Nazareth. But in this new movement He hears a call He cannot resist. He is conscious that He must attach Himself to it; possibly already conscious that He can guide, utilize, and prosper it. He appears, therefore,
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
4. Jesus’ Baptism
4. Jesus’ BaptismThe historicity of Jesus’ baptism by John is undeniable. The identification of the one proclaimed *Son of God with the movement led by a lesser figure would not have been invented, and the submission by one claimed to be sinless to a rite associated with *forgiveness of sins could only
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Baptism of Jesus
Baptism of Jesus. Jesus’s baptism at the hands of John the Baptist is recounted in some detail in Matthew (3:13–17), told more briefly in Mark (1:9–11), only mentioned in Luke (3:21–22), and unrecorded though probably presumed in John (1:29–34). In all four accounts Jesus’s anointing with the Spirit
Key passages
Mt 3:13–17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John in order to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it now, for in this way it is right for us …

Mk 1:9–11

And it happened that in those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. And immediately as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens being split apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from …

Lk 3:21–22

Now it happened that when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized, and while he was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” …

Jn 1:32

And John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and remaining upon him.

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