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

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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 4 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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St. John the Baptist and strong drink?

We know quite well that St. John the Baptist had a rather unique diet while living his ministry on earth. John lived an austere life. 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a ...
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Will Jesus Baptize us with the Holy Spirit or with holy wind in Mk 1:8, Mtt 3:11, Lk 3:16, and Jn 1:33?

In Mark 1:8, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, and John 1:33, John the Baptist declares that Jesus will baptize people in the Holy Spirit. For example, Matthew 3:11 says, “I indeed baptize you with water ...
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At what age was John the baptist when He was beheaded [closed]

John the baptist died at what age (Matthew 14, Mark 6)? I have tried to research with no possible conclusion Kindly assist
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In Matthew 3:6 was Jesus' interview with John the baptizer modeled after rabbinic protocols for proselyte baptism?

I notice that 2nd temple period Jewish water ablution/baptism for proselytes involved certain protocols, such as: ..Our Rabbis taught: If at the present time a man desires42 to become a proselyte, he ...
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In Matthew 3:12 who or what is the "chaff" and how does it differ from the "wheat"?

Matt 3:12 reads: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor; and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire. ...
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Was the statement in Matthew 11:6 directed at John the Baptist?

After receiving a disconcerting and disturbing inquiry from John's disciples concerning his identity,Christ tells John's disciples to go and report to John what they had seen.In his closing remarks ...
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Why did Jesus withdraw after hearing that John had been killed?

Matthew 14 mentions the execution of John the Baptist. Following this, in verse 13, When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Why did Jesus do that? ...
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John the Baptist compared with Samson, Samuel via Nazirite vow

The Bible mentions about three people who were dedicated by their parents to be Nazirites already from birth. These people were Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. Jesus said: Mat 11:11 (NIV) "...
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Is there any significance to John the Baptist's diet?

In Mark 1:6, John the Baptist is described, "John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey." (NIV) The description of John's ...
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Why a reed or a man dressed in fine clothes? (Matthew 11:7-9)

In Matthew 11:7-9 (NIV), Jesus asks the crowd: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, ...
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Why didn't John the Baptist become Christ's Disciple [closed]

While we see clearly that John The Baptist pointed people to Christ and testified that Christ is the Messiah (John 3:28,30, Luke 3:15-18) why is it that he himself didn't follow Christ. John still had ...
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Per Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3 why did John the Baptist preach the "baptism of repentance" and not "repent" for the forgivness of sin?

John the Baptist never told any one to directly repent of their sin. He preached the "baptism of repentance" for the forgiveness of sin. Is there a significant difference in the two concepts?  ...
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Were the Pharisees baptized by John?

Matthew 3:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the ...
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John 1:31 Why did John not know his cousin?

"I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." (John 1:31) Mary and Elizabeth both met up before John and Jesus were born, but it ...
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John 1:28 Bethany/Bethabara Location?

So, i'm just wanting to know where the location of Bethany is as mentioned by John. I've seen different maps that have it in different places. Some NT maps even show two Bethanys! You should see the ...
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What does it mean that Apollos only knew the "baptism of John?" Acts 18:25

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he ...
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John 1:31 Why did John think that baptism with water was a condition for Christ to be revealed to Israel?

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
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What does John the Baptist mean by οὗτός ἐστιν ὑπὲρ οὗ in John 1:30

Throughout the first chapter of John’s gospel, John the Baptist says: ”John doth testify concerning him (it?), and hath cried, saying, 'This was he of whom I said, He who after me is coming, hath ...
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Luke's Starting Point: From Beginning of Tiberius' co-regency OR from Beginning of His Reign?

I am researching when Jesus began His ministry and when He died. The main (although not the only) piece of information is found in Luke's account: In the fifteenth year of Emperor Tiberius’ rule; ...
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In Luke 7:28 why does Jesus say no one among those born of women is greater than John the Baptist?

Luke 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
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Did Samaritans hear John the Baptist's message?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each speak to the work of John the Baptist, preaching and baptizing people in the Jordan River. While the descriptions of the people who came, heard, and were baptized is ...
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Did Jesus re-visit John after his wilderness experience?

The Gospel of John describes a scene where John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he made the following statement: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is ...
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Does the Gospel of Luke omit John the Baptist baptizing Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark both plainly relate that John the Baptist baptized the Lord Jesus Christ. Matt. 3:13-17 13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, ...
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Matthew 11:13: "prophesied untill John" - No prophesies after John the Baptist?

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John (KJV, Matthew 11:13) It looks like the phrase "until John" marks a special watermark here as if either there would be no more prophesies after ...
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Why did John live in the wilderness? [closed]

Luke 1:80, "John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel." Luke 3:2, "Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time ...
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Why was it a public disgrace for Elizabeth to be barren? (Luke 1:25)

I have read through many translations of Luke 1:25 and I come away with the understanding that it was not just an "internal disgrace" for Elizabeth to not have any children, but also a ...
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Did Mary leave before John was born? [duplicate]

In Luke 1:26-27 it says Elizabeth was 6 month pregnant when God sent Gabriel to tell Mary that she will become pregnant with Jesus as a virgin. In Luke 1:39-40 we see just a few days later Mary ...
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Is Jesus denying an earthly birth in Matt 11:11?

Matthew 11:11 (KJV) Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is ...
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What did John the Baptist eat?

Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6 describe the food of John the Baptist as locusts and wild honey. The word locust takes different definitions as follows: a. large and mainly tropical grasshopper with ...
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In John 1:30, what is the meaning of the phrase “After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me”?

In John 1:30, it is written, 30 “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ NKJV, ©1982 Λʹ οὗτός ἐστιν περὶ οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον Ὀπίσω μου ἔρχεται ...
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Why was Jesus baptized?

Matthew 3:16 (KJV) 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and ...
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Luke 3:1-3 was Luke mistaken about the year in which John the Baptist's preaching began?

Luke goes into detail concerning the beginning of Christ’s ministry. To quote: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being ...
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In John 1:35, who were the two disciples of John the Baptist?

The Greek text of John 1:35 according to the Textus Receptus states, ΛΕʹ Τῇ ἐπαύριον πάλιν εἱστήκει ὁ Ἰωάννης καὶ ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο TR, 1550 which is translated as, 35 On the day after, ...