John the Baptist
His Life and Afterlife
- Josephine Wilkinson
15th May 2022
This historical investigation into the real John the Baptist brings to light one of the most influential figures in Christianity and western civilization, who is also a revered figure in Islam and other religions. Two thousand years later his life and example are still an influence for millions. John the Baptist’s importance is such that he appears in all four Gospels, together with the writings of Josephus, and is inextricably linked to the life of Jesus.
John was a friend, inspiration and forerunner for Jesus ‒ and a respected figure in his own lifetime ‒ yet the historical facts of his life are unknown to most. Josephine Wilkinson assembles the evidence to show us the man whose views led him to be sentenced to death and beheaded by Herod. Based on the ancient sources, the author gets as close as it is possible to get to a biography of John, including an account of his relationship with Jesus.