Questions tagged [john-the-baptist]

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

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Why does John the Baptist deny being "Elijah"?

So Malachi rather cryptically ends with “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and ...
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In Matthew 11:12 what does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to "suffer violence"?

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12, NKJV) What does this verse mean?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Luke 7:33 - Why didn't John the Baptist eat bread?

According to Luke 7:33, John the Baptist "came neither eating bread nor drinking wine" (KJV). King James Version: For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He ...
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Was John the Baptist confused or mistaken about the nature of Jesus' ministry?

John preached a message of imminent judgment: Luke 3:7-9 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear ...
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What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist? Matthew 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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Did Mary actually leave Elizabeth before John was born?

When Mary heard from the angel Gabriel that Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy, Mary quickly left to join her. As the two greeted and the baby John leaped for joy in her womb, Elizabeth was ...
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Was John the Baptist a member of the Essene community at Qumran?

This paper by Alan Farnes is one of many that have identified John’s appropriation of Isaiah 40:3 as reminiscent of the Qumran documents (a.k.a. Dead Sea Scrolls): John 1:23 (ESV) He said, “I am ...
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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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Who is the referent of 'us' (ἡμῖν) in Matthew 3:15 if not merely Jesus and John?

Matthew 3:15 reads (emphasis mine): ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν· ἄφες ἄρτι, οὕτως γὰρ πρέπον ἐστὶν ἡμῖν πληρῶσαι πᾶσαν δικαιοσύνην. τότε ἀφίησιν αὐτόν (NA28). But Jesus answered ...
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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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When did John The Baptist know Jesus was God's Chosen One according to John 1?

John 1:29-34: The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes after me has ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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Pharisees and Sadducees - A "brood of vipers" [closed]

Matthew 3 and Luke 3 recount the emergence of John the Baptist and the beginning of his ministry. When the Pharisees and Sadducees come to receive his baptism, he calls them out as a "brood of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?