Re: Baptism of John
- I don't believe it was "baptisms" themselves that prompted such a
question from his peers but rather their sheer volume. The historian
Josephus recounts that Herod Antipas was concerned that John's
following was such that he feared a scenario in which these people
would be completely obedient to John. Likewise these numbers--esp. in
those times--almost certainly would have led to questions about
John's potential political ambitions as a prophet--or messiah.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob MacDonald
> Does the history of baptism justify the question of those
> sent from the Pharisees (John 1:24)?
> It seems to imply that for John to be baptizing requires
> that he be one of the three: Messiah, Elijah or the prophet.
> Bob MacDonald