Apostles of. At baptism of Jesus.  Baptized over 100,000 penitents in 15 months.  Beheaded by Herod.  Born in City of Judah, March 25, 7 B.C.  Currently chairman of 24 counselors.  Death.  Death of mother Elizabeth.  Distant cousin of Jesus; visit at age 5.  Impressed with idea he was to be a spiritual leader. 
Decided not to teach contemporaneously with John.  Did not visit John in prison or send word.  Last visit; messages passed.  Referred to John as Elijah.  Rumors of John reached Jesus.  Spoke favorably of John’s message.  Told apostles to reap the sowing of John. 
Jesus and John decided not to see each other until beginning public service.  Kingdom concept of.  Message was “repent and be baptized”.  Mother Elizabeth assured John that Jesus was Messiah.  Motive for seclusion.  Named by Gabriel.  Never ordained by Sanhedrin. 
Contrast with Jesus.  Eloquent rebuke; hardly an example.  Greatest born of women, but he who is small in kingdom is greater.  Heroic but tactless preacher.  In prison, John often tempted to doubt Jesus.  No brothers or sisters.  Over 6 feet tall, flowing hair, dressed like Elijah, stalwart, picturesque child of nature.  Saddened by loss of Andrew and Peter.  Zacharias was father. 
Prayer of.  Presented flock to Nazarites.  Prophecy regarding Jesus.  Rabbi Nahor offered Jerusalem schooling for.  Refused to accept priest’s allotment from temple.  Refused to quit preaching if released by Herod.  Religion of repentance, self-examination, and self-denial.  Remnant of believers in John persists in Mesopotamia.  Sooner or later a greater John is to arise.  Thundered parable of Lazarus and Dives.  Viewed as a prophet. 
See also: UB 135.