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John (jŏn) the Baptist, whom God tores. The forerunner of our Saviour. He was the son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, both belonging to priestly families. Luke 1:5. His birth, name, and work were foretold by the angel Gabriel. He grew up a Nazirite, and when about 30 years old began to preach in the wilderness of Judæa. His dress, food, and manner of life were like Elijah. He was fearless and faithful, and met with success among the people; yet he was humble and gave great honor to Jesus, who came to his baptism. At the request of Jesus, John, however, baptized him. John continued his labors with growing popularity for a year and a half, when he was cast into prison by Herod, whom he reproved for marrying his brother Philip's wife. In prison his faith seemed to waver, for he sent to Jesus to know if he were really the Messiah, and received a satisfactory answer. Matthew 11:4-6. But the malice of Herodias, whose connection with Herod whom John had rebuked, wrought his death. Matthew 14:6-12. John was beheaded in prison on Herod's birthday, at the request of the wicked Herodias. His disciples buried his body and went and told Jesus.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'John'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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