IV 3 John the Baptist
John the Baptist – who could be called Prince Antipas’ intellectual conscience – is also portrayed
in the Old Testament history books. He is the prophet Elijah, the prophet Nathan and the old prophet in 1 Kings 13. As the prophet Elijah, John appears in many stories as King Ahab’s opponent, and as the prophet Nathan he is King David’s conscience in the story of Bathsheba (= Herodias).
In 1 Kings 13, John, the old prophet, is the Man of God’s (= Jesus) opponent.