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John the Baptist (יוֹחָנָן in Hebrew, Ἰωάννης Iōánnēs in Greek) was a first century saint and the last prophet before Jesus. He is the representation of Elijah, heralding the coming Messiah. 

John the Baptist

Relatives:

Elizabeth (Mother), Zacharias (Father), Jesus (Fourth cousin), Mary (Third cousin), Joseph (Third cousin-in-law)

Feast Day:

June 24th (Birth), August 29 (Death), January 7th (Eastern Orthodox commemoration)

Birth:

Before 4 B.C.

Death:

31 A.D.

History Edit

Birth and Life Edit

John the Baptist's parents were old and barren. His father was a priest, a Levite. One day, his father was visited by an angel who told him he would bear a son, and to name him John. He did not believe, so he was shut up until the child was born. They were going to name him Zacharias, after his father, but then he spoke, telling them to name him John instead.

John eventually fled into the wilderness, where he lived, eating only honey and wild locusts. He probably took the Nazarite Vow. He preached, baptising many, and had many disciples who learned from him. Some people believe him to be the Christ or Elijah, which he denies.

One day, Jesus came to him to be baptised. John at first refused, saying He should be the one doing the baptisting, but eventually relented. John bore witness to Jesus, hearing God the Father speak about him after the baptism.

Death and Beheading Edit

John denounces the marriage between Herod and his wife/niece Herodias. Herodias is angered at John for this, but Herod won't kill him for fear of an uprising of his disciples. Herod instead shuts John up in prison. While in prison, John sends two of his disciples to visit Jesus for him, which they do.

Salome danced before Herod, and Herod promised to do whatever she wanted, because he was drunk. He took an oath and swore to it. Salome questioned her mother about what to ask for, and she told her to ask for John the Baptist's head on a platter. She asks for it, and Herod reluctently agrees. His head is cut off and delivered to her on a platter.

He was buried in Sebaste in Samaria, and his remains probably still are there. His head, on the other hand, was apparently mummified and kept, now being  housed at San Silvestro in Capite.

Etymology Edit

John means "Graced by God," and "the Baptist" is his title as a baptiser.