Saint John the Baptist

 

From Jewish Antiquities written by Flavius Josephus in about 93 AD:
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“Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod’s army came from God as a just punishment of what Herod had done against John who was called the Baptist. For Herod had killed this good man, who had commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, righteousness towards one another and piety towards God. For only thus, in John’s opinion, would the baptism he administered be acceptable to God… . Accordingly John was sent as a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I already mentioned, and was put to death.”

Compare and contrast the writing of Josephus (above) with the Gospel According to Saint Matthew (below):

“For Herod had apprehended John and bound him, and put him into prison, because of Herodias, his brother’ s wife. For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her. And having a mind to put him to death, he feared the people: because they esteemed him as a prophet. But on Herod’ s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist. And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.”

It is evident from these historical accounts that Josephus is more or less in agreement with what is written in the Gospel of Saint Matthew.

 

 

 

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