The People and the Book: John of the Wilderness

The Essene origins of Christianity

June 27, 2018 17:37

Right: Study of ‘Young Woman with a Pitcher’ originally painted by Dutch renaissance artist Jan Vermeer. Left: Still life: ‘Leaves in the Shadows. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)


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ACCORDING TO the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, someone called “John the Baptist” who lived in "the wilderness" was baptizing in Bethabara, on the eastern side of the Jordan River near where it flows into the Dead Sea. When Jesus approached him, John exclaimed: “Behold the Lamb of God, which removes sin from the world… I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and it rested upon him.”

(John 1: 28) This experience transformed Jesus and changed the course of history.


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