John the Baptist
- (fl. 1st cent.)Palestinian religious leader, forerunner of Jesus. He preached repentance, proclaimed the coming of the messianic age, and practised baptism of those who accepted his preaching; Jesus was among those whom he baptized. He was put to death by Herod Antipas at the behest of Herodias, his wife, whose marriage to Herod John the Baptist condemned.
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