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Other Names:
John the Forerunner, John, son of Zachary
Date of Birth:
c. 6–2 BC
Date of Death:
c. 36 AD
Feast Day:
June 24, August 29

Saint John persuaded throngs of people to atone for their sins and live a pure life.

He baptized a multitude of people to cleanse their souls, including Jesus (although Jesus bore no sins).

from Wikipedia

John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher[2] and a major religious figure[3] mentioned in the Canonical gospels. He is described in the Gospel of Luke as a relative of Jesus,[4] who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River.[5] Some scholars maintain that he was influenced by the Essenes, who were semi-ascetic, expected an apocalypse, and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism,[6] although there is no direct evidence to substantiate this.[7] John is regarded as a prophet in Christianity, Islam,[8] the Bahá'í Faith,[9] and Mandaeism.

Most biblical scholars agree that John baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan," by wading into the water with Jesus from the eastern bank.[10][unreliable source?][11][not in citation given] John the Baptist is also mentioned by Jewish historian Josephus, in Aramaic Matthew, in Pseudo-Clementine, and in the Qur'an.[12] Accounts of John in the New Testament appear compatible with the account in Josephus.[13] There are no other historical accounts of John the Baptist from around the period of his lifetime.

John anticipated a messianic figure who would be greater than himself,[14] and, in the New Testament, Jesus is the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus,[15] since John announces Jesus's coming. John is also identified with the prophet Elijah.[16] Some of Jesus's early followers had previously been followers of John.[16]