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August 16, 2004

John the Baptist's Cave?

image KIBBUTZ TZUBA, Israel (AP Article) - Archaeologists said Monday they have found a cave where they believe John the Baptist anointed many of his disciples - a huge cistern with 28 steps leading to an underground pool of water.

While interesting, links to John the Baptist came from drawings made 400-500 years later. Fueling controversy and hype, the same archeologist has speculated that maybe Jesus used the cave too and refers to the "cult" of John the Baptist. A lot can happen during a period of 4-5 centuries that can create folklore out of nothing. The most reliable and important record of John the Baptist is found in the New Testament:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matt. 3)
What is important is that John was an actual individual, who lived and Baptized. He proclaimed the Gospel message and was witness to the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ.

Posted by Blogorithm at August 16, 2004 11:19 PM

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