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Scripture paper I decided to do my paper on the death of John the Baptist John was a Jewish prophet he baptized his followers and he baptized Jesus John lived in the desert of Judea until about 27 AD When he was thirty he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism He attracted large crowds and when Christ came to him John recognized him as the messiah and baptized him saying it is I who need baptism from you When Christ left to preach in Halilee John continued preaching in the Jordan valley Fearful of his great power with the people Herod Antipas Tetrach of Perea and Galilee had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when john denounced his adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias wife of his half brother Philip Johns dads name was Zachary his father was a priest of the course of Abia the eight of the twenty-four courses into which the priests were divided Johns mothers name was Elizabeth was a daughter of Aaron A Johns cousin was Jesus The birth of john the Baptist was announced in a most striking manner Zachary and Elizabeth as we learn from Luke were both just before God walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame and they had no son for that Elizabeth was barren Long thy had prayed that their union might be blessed with offspring but now that they were both advanced in years the reproach of barrenness bore heavily upon them And it came to pass when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God according to the custom of the priestly office it was lot to offer incensegoing into the temple of the Lord And all the multitude of the people was praying without at
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