The Untold Truth Of John The Baptist

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 The Untold Truth Of John The Baptist

Take a look at the New Testament, and you’d be hard-pressed not to come across John the Baptist eventually. That’s because the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as well as the book of Acts, all discuss John in varying levels of detail. Even when they aren’t getting into the nitty-gritty of his story, though, the writers of these Biblical books make it clear that John was kind of a big deal.

All of these texts more or less paint him as a precursor to Jesus, oftentimes comparing him to Old Testament prophets like Elijah. His baptism of Jesus is usually marked as the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the Christian era. But, as Britannica notes, the Gospels writers were seemingly careful to not give John the Baptist too much credit, lest he overshadow Jesus. Todas las noticias, análisis y comparativas de los mejores smartwatches del mercado. Todo Smartwatch, smartbands y pulseras de actividad

John, they argue, is a forerunner who had “come first to restore all things,” in the words of Jesus himself in Mark 9, directly linking John and the earlier and much renowned Elijah. And it seems that being the herald of a personage as serious as that of Jesus comes with the added indignity of obscurity, at least within one’s own lifetime. That includes an ignominious death and, within the Gospel of John, the reduction of John the Baptist’s work from that of a towering prophet to a more humble preacher whose baptism of Jesus isn’t even mentioned in the text.

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