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Who was John the Baptist? (11 things to know and share)
jimmy Akin ^ | August 29, 2013 | Jimmy Akin

Posted on 08/29/2013 3:44:36 PM PDT by NYer

John the Baptist is a mysterious figure in the New Testament.

He was famous in his own day, even before he became the herald of Christ.

We even know about him from outside the New Testament.

His memorial is August 29th, so it’s an excellent time to catch up on him.

Here are 11 things to know and share . . .

 

1) How was John the Baptist related to Jesus?

John was related to Jesus through their mothers. In Luke 1:36, Elizabeth is described as Mary’s “kinswoman,” meaning that they were related in some way through marriage or blood.

Most likely, it was a blood relationship, but neither a particularly close or distant one.

Elizabeth, being elderly, may have been an aunt, great-aunt, or one of the many types of “cousin.” The precise relationship cannot be determined.

This means that Jesus and John were cousins in one or another senses of the term.

 

2) When did John the Baptist’s ministry begin?

Luke gives us an extraordinarily precise date for the beginning of John’s ministry. He writes:

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar . . . the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins [Luke 3:1-3].

“The fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar” is most naturally understood as a reference to A.D. 29.

This is important also because Luke suggests that Jesus’ ministry began shortly after John’s did, which places the likely date of Jesus’ baptism in A.D. 29 or early A.D. 30.

 

3) Why did John come baptizing?

Scripture presents us with several reasons.

He served as the forerunner or herald of the Messiah and was to prepare for him by fulfilling an Elijah-like role by calling the nation to repentance.

In keeping with that, he baptized people as a sign of their repentance.

He also came to identify and announce the Messiah. According to John the Baptist: “I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel” (John 1:31).

This identification was made when he baptized Jesus: “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God” (1:32-34).

 

4) How did John’s arrest affect Jesus?

KEEP READING.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History
KEYWORDS: johnthebaptist

1 posted on 08/29/2013 3:44:36 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/29/2013 3:45:05 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

John the Baptist was murdered for his criticism of Herod Antipas’ adulterous and incestuous alternative lifestyle. Today’s media and Hollyweird would hate him.


3 posted on 08/29/2013 3:57:10 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: NYer
John the Baptist is a mysterious figure in the New Testament

Yes, mysterious enough that I was just looking him up the other day on Wikipedia. ... even though I'm an atheist.

4 posted on 08/29/2013 4:10:00 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: ReformationFan

John the Baptist told it like it is!
Yet Jesus said the least in the kingdom of God was greater
than John the Baptist. Why did he say that?

Because John the Baptist perished before the Holy Ghost
baptism was poured out on all flesh.


5 posted on 08/29/2013 4:14:29 PM PDT by shineon (.)
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To: NYer

5) What does John have to teach us about on the job morals?

6) Was John the Baptist Elijah reincarnated?

7) How famous was John the Baptist in his own day?

8) How did he get followers outside of Israel?

9) Who killed John the Baptist?

11) Where do we learn of John the Baptist outside the New Testament?


6 posted on 08/29/2013 4:48:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

John was the son of a prominent priest in Jerusalem. Not simply a desert rat.


7 posted on 08/29/2013 4:50:32 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: NYer
Who was John the Baptist? (11 things to know and share)
On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
The wings and heads of St. John the Baptist
On the Martyrdom of John the Baptist by Saint Bede the Venerable [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Beheading of St John The Baptist
The Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist -- May 25
Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Martyrdom of Saint John The Baptist
8 posted on 08/29/2013 4:55:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer; All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elmRNJ6Gu1s


9 posted on 08/29/2013 6:13:17 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: NYer
Jimmy forgot to mention one other fact about St. John the Baptist:

The soon to be canonized Pope John Paul II said, "May Saint John Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan, and all who partecipated in this celebration, a memorable celebration. I’m very grateful to all of you."

10 posted on 08/29/2013 6:33:45 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NYer

Is St. John the Baptist the patron saint of Islam?


11 posted on 08/29/2013 6:35:26 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ReformationFan

He died a marytr for standing up to King Herod.


12 posted on 08/30/2013 2:50:09 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

You isolated it. I do not believe what your are trying to imply. I do not believe the pope meant it in the wrong way. If you look at the whole address it seems to me he is talking about the people of Islam(Other nations) not the religion it self. Remember he is addressing First the Jordan nation.


13 posted on 08/30/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace; ebb tide

JUBILEE PILGRIMAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
TO THE HOLY LAND (MARCH 20-26, 2000)

VISIT TO WADI AL-KHARRAR
PRAYER OF THE HOLY FATHER

Tuesday, 21 March 2000

I want to greet all of you for having gathered for this brief prayer. In particular, I pray for His Majesty the King and I thank him again for the welcome I have received in Jordan.

In the Gospel of Saint Luke we read that “the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (3:2-3). Here, at the River Jordan, where both banks are visited by hosts of pilgrims honouring the Baptism of the Lord, I too lift up my heart in prayer:

Glory to you, O Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

You sent your servants the Prophets
to speak your word of faithful love
and call your people to repentance.

On the banks of the River Jordan,
you raised up John the Baptist,
a voice crying in the wilderness,
sent through all the region of the Jordan
to prepare the way of the Lord,
to herald the coming of Jesus.

Glory to you, O Christ, Son of God!
To the waters of the Jordan you came
to be baptized by the hand of John.

Upon you the Spirit descended as a dove.

Above you the heavens opened,
and the voice of the Father was heard:
“This is my Son, the Beloved!”

From the river blessed by your presence
you went forth to baptize not only with water
but with fire and the Holy Spirit.

Glory to you, O Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life!

By your power, the Church is baptized,
going down with Christ into death
and rising with him to new life.

By your power, we are set free from sin
to become the children of God,
the glorious Body of Christ.

By your power, all fear is vanquished,
and the Gospel of love is preached
in every corner of the earth,
to the glory of God,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
to whom be all praise in this Jubilee year
and in every age to come. Amen.

I wish to thank everyone who has taken part and all who helped in the organization.

A special word of thanks goes to the Patriarchs and Bishops, the priests, the Sisters. It has been a moving experience to celebrate with the Catholic Community of Jordan.

And I cordially greet the representatives of other communities who have come from many other parts of the Middle East. I am grateful to you all.

I feel especially close to the children and young people. Know that the Church and the Pope put great trust in you!

Special greetings to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed.

I will keep all the people of Jordan - Christians and Muslims - in my prayers, especially the sick and the elderly.

With gratitude I invoke abundant blessings upon His Highness the King and upon the whole nation.

God bless you all! God bless Jordan!

May Saint John Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan, and all who partecipated in this celebration, a memorable celebration. I’m very grateful to all of you.

Thank you very much.


14 posted on 08/30/2013 10:22:18 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace
I do not believe the pope meant it in the wrong way.

Believe whatever you wish to believe.


15 posted on 08/30/2013 4:12:11 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: johngrace
Remember he is addressing First the Jordan nation.

No, here you are wrong. Reread the second to last paragraph of the Pope's address:

May Saint John Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan, and all who partecipated in this celebration, a memorable celebration.

The first blessing the pope invokes from St John is for Islam, which is obviously not synonymous with "all the people of Jordan" because he named them separately.

16 posted on 08/30/2013 4:32:51 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

There’s a shrine to John the Baptist in the Grand Mosque in Damascus. It’s suppose to contain his head, which was discovered when the mosque was built over a church.

Pope John Paul visited the mosque when he was in Damascus.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_jemasmith_-_Shrine_to_St_John_the_Baptist,_Umayyad_Mosque,_Damascus..jpg


17 posted on 08/30/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: ebb tide

Are you familiar with the Book of the Gospels for the Orthodox?

It is green.

This was not the Koran.


18 posted on 08/30/2013 4:55:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ebb tide

That is nuts.


19 posted on 08/30/2013 5:00:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Tell it to the pope who’s going to canonize the pope who said as much!


20 posted on 08/30/2013 5:42:39 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Salvation

“This was not the Koran.”

Dream on! Who sold you that whopper?


21 posted on 08/30/2013 5:46:11 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Aren’t you aware that the Eastern Churches have a different book of the Gospels?

For example, the Copts in Egypt are not all Catholic. Many of them are orthodox.


22 posted on 08/30/2013 5:51:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ebb tide
Please educate yourself.

Catholic conservatives: A traditionalist avant-garde
The Rites of the Catholic Church [Catholic Caucus]
One and Many Churches (origins of the Church)
THE RITES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH -- There are many!
(Cardinal) Newman on Rites and Ceremonies

23 posted on 08/30/2013 5:52:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ebb tide

direct quote please.....with the source.

Why don’t you like John Paul II?


24 posted on 08/30/2013 5:52:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; dangus

From EWTN:

Dear Mr. Bunson,

Seamus Macrath in his post (RE: Tom Chaney) made the claim that the picture of the Pope kissing the Koran was in reality a picture of the Pope kissing a book of the Gospels translated in arabic, and that the supposed Muslim at his side was actually an Eastern Patriarch. That’s an interesting theory, but it is not factual. Here is a news story from 1999:

ITALY

Why did the Pope kiss the Koran?: a book in Italian gives basics of Islam

Rome (Fides) – “At the end of the audience the Pope bowed to the Muslim holy book the Koran presented to him by the delegation and he kissed it as a sign of respect.” This was said by Raphael Bidawid, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans who told Fides about his audience with Pope John Paul II on May 14th when he was received with a delegation composed of the Shiite imam of Khadum mosque and the Sunni President of the council of administration of the Iraqi Islamic Bank and also a representative of the Iraqi ministry of religion.

That gesture was a sign of the Holy Father’s respect for the billion and 34 million followers of Islam, as well as his eagerness to make a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Abraham, the common father of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Recently a book on Islam was published in Italian by EMI with the title “I fondamenti dell’Islam. Un’introduzione a partire dalla fonte: il Corano”. The book, originally in German, is written by Adel Theodore Khoury from Lebanon, who, until 1996, was professor at Muenster University in Germany. The book presents the figure of Mohammad, his life and mission and shows that the Prophet understood the relation between the religions of the Book, the Jewish religion, Christianity and Islam: it could be useful for promoting Christian/Muslims relations. (11/6/1999)

http://www.ewtn.com/vexperts/showmessage.asp?number=304721&Pg=&Pgnu=&recnu=


25 posted on 08/30/2013 5:56:08 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Stop acting like a Lawyer. Amazing. Everybody is a lawyer. Amazing.


26 posted on 08/30/2013 6:35:19 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: ebb tide

I don’t know how I got dragged into this, but given the conflicting accounts, and being one who attends an Eastern Rite Catholic Church, it makes sense to me that John Paul II believed he was kissing the Book of the Gospels, but Patriarch Bidawid didn’t realize the confusion.


27 posted on 08/30/2013 6:40:24 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: johngrace

I’m not a lawyer. I’m a Catholic.


28 posted on 08/30/2013 7:20:19 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Salvation

“Why don’t you like John Paul II?”

Once again, you are pretending to read my mind; which you can’t. So please stop it. I think it’s against the forum rules.

Thank-you in advance.


29 posted on 08/30/2013 7:22:06 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Salvation

Please see Post 25 and educate yourself.


30 posted on 08/30/2013 7:28:14 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide; Religion Moderator

I asked a question. I am not trying to read your mind. If I had said “You don’t like John Paul II.” — that would have been mind-reading.


31 posted on 08/30/2013 7:32:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
"It is green."

"This was not the Koran."

The above image is a photo of a Koran. What colors do you see?

32 posted on 08/30/2013 7:36:57 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Salvation

Don’t play semantics. You implied that which you do not know.

Next time, ask me, “Do you like Pope John Paul II”? Not, why I don’t like him, because you don’t know whether I do or not.

As a Catholic, I strive to love my neighbor as myself. However, I am also duty bound to charitably correct my neighbor’s errors.


33 posted on 08/30/2013 7:47:30 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Every body on these threads including myself at times act like “lawyer.” I am not better than anyone. I believe I am forgiven especially in prayer. We go overboard at times with over analyizing. I believe in this case we are doing exactly that in this repeated statement of JohnPaul. . Cheers in Christ.


34 posted on 08/30/2013 8:51:57 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation; ebb tide
Questions are rarely "making it personal."

"Are you a heretic?" is not making it personal whereas "You are a heretic" is making it personal.

But some questions can be "making it personal."

"Did you stop beating your wife today?" is an example.

A better way to word the question at hand might have been "Why do you say these things about John Paul II?"

35 posted on 08/30/2013 8:51:57 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Salvation

No, it is the Qur’an. It is an old canard that it was a gospel book. John Paul II was wrong to kiss it. He made mistakes. No one is perfect.

Since this is an Akin thread: http://www.jimmyakin.org/2006/04/jp2_and_the_qur.html


36 posted on 08/31/2013 6:36:48 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: NYer
Who was John the Baptist?

Who cares. He's dead. /s

37 posted on 08/31/2013 7:38:55 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: vladimir998

Thanks.


38 posted on 08/31/2013 8:26:33 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

sorry, it’s true. It’s the Qur’an. I wish John Paul had not done what he did. I assume it was just a terrible error in judgment on his part.


39 posted on 08/31/2013 9:37:16 AM PDT by vladimir998
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