22 Facts About John Baptist

1. John Baptist is patron of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, which covers the whole of South Carolina in the United States.

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2. John Baptist is a patron saint of French Canada, and Newfoundland.

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3. John Baptist preaching, in a landscape setting, was a popular subject in Dutch art from Pieter Brueghel the Elder and his successors.

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4. John Baptist is depicted as an ascetic wearing camel hair, with a staff and scroll inscribed Ecce Agnus Dei, or bearing a book or dish with a lamb on it.

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5. John Baptist was to become Jesus' main disciple and John's disciples were to become Jesus' disciples.

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6. In particular, John Baptist should have done everything in his power to persuade the Jewish people that Jesus was the Messiah.

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7. John Baptist is believed to have had the specific role of foretelling and preparing the way for Jesus.

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8. John Baptist is honored highly in Sufism as well as Islamic mysticism, primarily because of the Quran's description of John's chastity and kindness.

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9. John Baptist was a classical prophet, who was exalted high by God, for his bold denouncing of all things sinful.

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10. John Baptist was dutiful towards his parents and he was not arrogant or rebellious.

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11. John Baptist was pure and devout, and walked well in the presence of God.

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12. John Baptist was exhorted to hold fast to the Scripture and was given wisdom by God while still a child.

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13. John Baptist is believed by Muslims to have been a witness to the word of God, and a prophet who would herald the coming of Jesus.

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14. John Baptist said: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven like a dove and rest on him.

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15. John Baptist was not the light, but he came to bear witness to the light.

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16. John Baptist clearly denies being the Christ or Elijah or 'the prophet', instead describing himself as the "voice of one crying in the wilderness".

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17. John Baptist will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

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18. John Baptist has stretched out his hand to his servant Israel, Ever mindful of his mercy For Abraham and his race for ever.

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19. John Baptist came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.

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20. John Baptist will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

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21. John Baptist is identified as the spiritual successor of the prophet Elijah.

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22. John Baptist used baptism as the central symbol or sacrament of his messianic movement.

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