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The prophetic forerunner of Christ in the Gospels (not the Apostle John).

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Why does Luke claim that Jesus and John the Baptist were related? [duplicate]

Luke alone among the gospels makes a claim that Jesus was related to John the Baptist during his nativity account: “And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this ...
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Help with language in Luke 1:77

I find the language in Luke 1:77 confusing. Does the original text offer anymore clarity? I have looked at other translations and still do not fully grasp the meaning of the verse: to give knowledge ...
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Did Jesus want John to reference Isaiah 35:4-6, and recognize the miracles as proof of His divinity?

Miracle Working "God" John was near the end of his life, siting nervously in Herod's prison. He was wondering if he had made a mistake in seeing Jesus as the one he was to be the "...
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Why did John the Baptist preach outside of Jerusalem?

This is a spin-off of an older question done by me, was Bethany beyond the Jordan a place of significance? John the Baptist preached at Bethany, outside of Jerusalem: John 1:28 This all happened at ...
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Was Bethany beyond the Jordan a place of significance?

John the Baptist preached at Bethany, outside of Jerusalem: John 1:28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. Bethany is the same place that: Jesus ...
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Does Matthew 11:12 say that the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence or eagerness?

Most current translations say: From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent are forcefully taking it. But could the Greek be actually ...
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Luke 7:29-30 How were the Pharisees to know for certain that it was God's will to be baptized by John?

Luke 7:29-30 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose ...
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Reconciling Josephus and the NT on the Purpose of John's Baptism (Mk: 1:4 etc.)

In the gospels, John the Baptist's ministry of baptism was "for the remission of sin." But in Josephus, it's for the purification of the body after moral repentance already occurred. ...
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Does Gabriel refer to Jesus as 'the Lord their God' meaning 'Israel's Lord and God'?

Speaking, prophetically, of the one to be born to Zacharias, Gabriel, the angel, says : For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be ...
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What is meant in Matthew 11:14? This is Elias?

Is he talking about John the Baptist or the prophets and the Law? Matthew 11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
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Did the imparting of the "gospel of Jesus Christ" start with the ministry of Jesus, or with the ministry of John the Baptist, or are they entwined?

Benson commentary on Mark 1:1-3: The evangelist (Mark) speaks with strict propriety in this sentence ... "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Mark 1:1 NASB ... ...
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How to reconcile these statements by John the Baptist and Jesus?

(Jesus): What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger (Elijah) ahead of you, who will ...
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Does "Least in the Kingdom" mean the same in Mt. 5:19 as it does in Mt. 11:11 and Luke 7:28?

Jesus is quoted as speaking of those who are "least in the Kingdom" in two situations: the Sermon on the Mount (or the Plain as in Luke) and in reference to John the Baptist, after John asks ...
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Was Matthew trying to make a connection between Elisha and Jesus after the deaths of their respective precursors?

Background When Elijah died, Elisha succeeded Elijah and performed a miracle to cross the Jordan river, and the people watching said he had Elijah's spirit as Kings 2:15 (NIV) says: The company of ...
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Does John the Baptist's ministry precede that of 'God'?

Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, says of John the Baptist, whose birth he predicts and pronounces, that 'he shall go before him' that is to say, in context, before 'the Lord their God' - '...
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Why was John the Baptist restrained from drinking wine?

We read in Luke 1:13-15 (NRSVCE) of the Angel foretelling the birth of John the Baptist: Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you ...
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What is referred to as 'strong drink' which John the Baptist was restrained from drinking in Lk 1:15?

We read in Luke 1:13-15 (NRSVCE) of the Angel foretelling the birth of John the Baptist: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you ...
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Remission of Sins: How Can Mark 1:4, etc be reconciled with Hebrews 9:22?

The gospels of Mark and Luke both portray John the Baptist's ministry as being done "for the remission of sins": John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for ...
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What does it mean that heaven is taken by violence? Matthew 11:12 [duplicate]

Matthew 11:12 But from the days of John the baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by violence, and [the] violent seize on it. (Darby) Matthew 11:12  And from the days of John the ...
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If John the Baptist said "He was temporally before me" at John 1:15, what would 1st century Jewish listeners have understood by this?

There is significant debate over how John 1:15 should be interpreted (see the question Does John the Baptist's witness imply the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus?). "John testified concerning ...
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What does the image of burning up the chaff in Matthew 3:12 convey?

[Matthew 3:11-12] I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but after me is coming He who is mightier than I, of whom I am not worthy to carry the sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy ...
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How long was John the Baptist in the wilderness as a child? [closed]

How long did Elizabeth hide John the Baptist in a cave when Herod was killing babies? Britannica.com says: In 27/28 or 28/29 John attained prominence, not as a priest but as a prophet. He was active ...
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John 1:20 Why the triple emphasis on the confession?

John 1:20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” Why is it that it is so stressed here that John confessed,and did not deny, but confessed? What is the motivation for ...
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Does επανω in John 3:31 convey 'authority'?

John the Baptist says of Jesus that : He who from above comes, above all is. [John 3:31 EGNT literal] But the first 'above' is anothen and the second is epanw. The word anothen is also used in the ...
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Was the appearance of Gabriel to Zechariah a vision or a physical encounter? Luke 1:11, 22

Was the appearance of Gabriel to Zechariah about the birth of John the Baptist a vision or a physical encounter? Luke 1:11 - Now an angel of the Lord APPEARED to him… Luke 1:22 - and they realized he ...
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In Malachi 4:6,what is meant by the phrase, "and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and heart of the children to their fathers"?

Malachi 4 (KJV): For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the ...
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Does John 12:41 prove the doctrine of the trinity? [closed]

Does John 12:41 prove the doctrine of the trinity, in John 12:41 it says: These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. This is quoting from Isaiah 6:1-5: In the year that king ...
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What did John the Baptist say about Jesus that resulted in many Jews in Jesus' time to put faith in him? John 10:41-42

It seems that some of the people during Jesus' time did not give credence to Jesus' accusers accusation in John 10:25-38 but instead were convinced of the truth of what John the Baptist had spoken ...
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What is the meaning of Luke 3:8?

In Luke 3:8, we can read: 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up ...
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Sacrifice of Christ and that of the Animals

In Leviticus 4:35 we read: 35 They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the lamb of the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar on top of the food ...
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What is the significance of the "garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist" worn by both Elijah and John the Baptist

It is accepted in the NT that the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist are prophetically connected. (Mark 9:11 Matt 17:10) I have noted that both are described as wearing the same very specific outfit. ...
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Is the giving of Elijahs mantle and a double portion of spirit to Elishua prophetic of Jesus / Yehshua's baptism?

Something I noticed recently is that the Hebrew names of the old testament prophet Elishua and New Testament Messiah - Yehshua (Jesus) are essentially variations of the exact same Hebrew statement. ...
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Why did John the Baptist's Ephesian disciples (Acts 19:1-3), not listed as his disciples (Mat 3:5), say John never mentioned Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11)?

We are told in [Matthew 3:5] - "Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him" (3:5 τότε ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν Ἱεροσόλυμα καὶ πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία καὶ πᾶσα ἡ ...
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How did baptism by John help the people and the tax collectors recognize God's justice in Jesus' response to John's doubt about Jesus' identity?

The passage in Luke 7:18-35 is not an easy one to understand because John the Baptist, who was so strong in his convictions that Jesus was the Messiah, seemed to be wavering and sent his disciples to ...
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Possible Gospel timeline contradiction regarding John the Baptist's imprisonment and the calling of the disciples [closed]

The chronology in Matthew 4 states that after Jesus' temptation, he heard that John the Baptist had been taken into custody, so he returned to Galilee and began his preaching ministry and called his ...
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Pronoun implication about Logos in John 1:1-5

Please help track the pronouns and antecedents in John 1:1-5. In the Greek, do the “He” and the “him”’s that refer to the Logos in 1-4 definitively indicate personhood/agency, or could the antecedent ...
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Who had the Holy Spirit from birth?

John was filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb and Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Is there anyone else in the bible that had the Holy Spirit from birth, Samson or Elijah? For he will be ...
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Why did the angel instruct Zacharias to name his son John?

Beginning in Luke 1, we read about Zacharias, father of John the Baptist (I'm using quite a few surrounding verses for context): Luke 1:12-15: "Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and ...
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Where was Jesus before he went to Galilee in John 1:43?

Where was Jesus before he went to Galilee in John 1:43? The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. (John 1:43a, ESV) In 1:35, Jesus was near John the Baptist. In 1:37, the two disciples follow ...
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In John 1:6 why is ἀπεσταλμένος perfect tense?

Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος, ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ* ⸀θεοῦ, ⸆ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης· (John 1:6, NA28) The perfect passive particle ἀπεσταλμένος is as if John the Baptist were still active in his ministry when John ...
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What did John mean in Mathew 3:10 the axe is laid on to the root of trees?

Mathew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. What was John referring to as the ...
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Spirit descending on Jesus - for man's belief or deeper purpose?

John 1:32 (NASB): John testified saying: "I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. The above quote from John the Baptist is referring to what we read ...
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Does John the Baptist's witness imply the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus?

After "In the beginning was the Word..." by which the writer implies the pre-existence of Jesus, they indicate John the Baptist also testifies to this question: John doth testify concerning ...
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Was John the Baptist wearing a prophet's garment in Matthew 3:4?

Matthew 3:4 NIV John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Similarly, the prophet in Zechariah is said to have worn a ...
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What was John doing in the wilderness before his ministry?

Luke 3 opens with the period in history (15th year of Tiberius Caesar) in which “the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.” (NASB) At this point, John had lived in the ...
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Is Matthew 11:12 stating kingdom of heaven is associated with exciting and meaningful eventfulness?

I suppose the perspective that I am about to expound is already buried deep within one of the answers and/or comments of the following 2 stackoverflow Q & A postings, but I wanted to narrow down ...
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What is “righteousness” in Matthew 3:15?

After John the Baptist objects to Jesus coming to him for baptism, He replies: Matthew 3:15 NASB But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to ...
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Luke 1:61 what were the rules of how contemporary Jews named their children?

From this verse it seems Jews picked a name among their relatives for their children. How exactly did this convention work?
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Is there a herb or plant called "Locust" apart from the typical grasshopper or locust?

The food of John the Baptist was locust and wild honey. “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.” (Matthew ...
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Matt. 3:5-6 : Confessing of sin and john the Baptist

"Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins." (Matt. 3:5-6, KJV) My question is two ...
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