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John the Baptist was one of the first political and religious leaders

Pergamum, temple, detail
Pergamum, temple, detail

to invoke Jesus after his death and to aim to follow him in his activities.

John founded the Christian Baptists, the second Jesus movement in the early phase of Christianity.

In Christian tradition, John the Baptist became not just a disciple, but also John, Jesus’ favourite disciple.

John aspired to the title of Messiah as Jesus’ successor after his death.

John was executed by Antipas in 37 AD. In Christian tradition, his successor as leader of John’s Baptist church was also called John.

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