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John the Baptist
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John the Baptist (d. c. 28 CE) was a Jewish prophet. In early Christian tradition, he is mainly remembered as the baptizer of Jesus (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey).

The Historical John: Methodological Considerations

Research on John the Baptist has traditionally focused on finding the historical John. This is not unproblematic, however. Only few histori…

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Rotman, Marco, “John the Baptist”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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