John the Baptist


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John the Baptist

, Saint fl. first century ad.
Jewish prophet who in the New Testament baptized and prepared the way for Jesus. He was executed by Herod Antipas at the behest of Salome.

John the Baptist

n
(Biography) New Testament Saint. the son of Zacharias and Elizabeth and the cousin and forerunner of Jesus, whom he baptized. He was beheaded by Herod (Matthew 14:1–2). Feast day: June 24

John′ the Bap′tist


n.
the forerunner and baptizer of Jesus. Matt. 3.
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Noun1.John the Baptist - (New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized)John the Baptist - (New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible
Translations
Johannes der Täufer
Ristija Johannes
Johannes Kastaja
Janez Krstnik
Johannes döparen
References in classic literature ?
"It was over such dancing," I said, "that John the Baptist lost his head."
He was just tall enough, or short enough, for his head alone to stick out of the hole in the broken wood, looking like St John the Baptist's head on a charger.
John the Baptist. They only allow women to enter it on one day in the year, on account of the animosity they still cherish against the sex because of the murder of the Saint to gratify a caprice of Herodias.
The wide circumference of an elaborate ruff, beneath his grey beard, in the antiquated fashion of King James's reign, caused his head to look not a little like that of John the Baptist in a charger.
" 'In this place we saw a tooth of John the Baptist. Ben said he could see locust and wild honey sticking to it.
So much the better, since there are in the chapel of Saints Féréol and Ferrution two statues, the one of John the Baptist, the other of Saint-Antoine, of solid gold, weighing together seven marks of gold and fifteen estellins; and the pedestals are of silver-gilt, of seventeen marks, five ounces.
She took the leg of mutton and held it high above her, as though it were the head of John the Baptist on a platter; and, the cigarette still in her mouth, advanced with solemn, hieratic steps.
And so I swear once more, by the mill-tails of hell and the head of John the Baptist, I'll never hit for the Outside till I make my pile.
"The money from Fun Fest will be used to pay for the whole of St John the Baptist School to go to the pantomime at Theatre Severn at Christmas time.
When she asked her mother what to ask from King Herod, Herodias prompted her daughter to ask for John the Baptist's head on a platter.
John the Baptist should be smart enough not to waste water for the sake of merriment especially in this time of water shortage,' Secillano said in an interview with Radyo Veritas.
Saint John the Baptist had the task of pointing out the Messiah who was to come.