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What day was St John the Baptist born?

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November 03, 2007 3:42AM

We have no real way of knowing when John the Baptist was born, but we have some information on when he died.

Luke tells us that John the Baptist commenced his mission in 28-29 CE (AD), while the Gospels all say that he was executed by Herod Antipas sometime before the crucifixion of Jesus. According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist killed because he disapproved of Antipas' marriage to his own brother's wife, who divorced her husband in order to marry Herod Antipas. The marriage must have taken place after 34 CE and Josephus' account of John's execution seems to place in the year 36.