The Role of John the Baptist in Matthew's Gospel

Lisa M. Bowens

Article Type: Doctoral Essay Contest Essay

Publication Date: 7/1/2010

Issue: E-dentity (Vol. 30, No 3, Summer, 2010)

John the Baptist has frequently been seen as a forerunner and foreshadower of Jesus, but he can also be seen as a model of discipleship. Both Jesus' crucifixion and the death of John establish the fact that the gospel does not guarantee the avoidance of suffering. To be a disciple means to lose one's life for Christ's sake.

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