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date: 10 December 2019


The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture
Tom Devonshire JonesTom Devonshire Jones, Linda MurrayLinda Murray, Peter MurrayPeter Murray

All four Gospels relate how *John the Baptist, clad in a garment of camel-hair tied with a leather girdle (which makes him immediately recognizable in any image) preached repentance in the wilderness of Judaea and baptized penitents in the river Jordan, in a symbolic ritual cleansing. Jesus also came to him to be baptized; John demurred, but consented, proclaiming Him to be the Son of God, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost. All the Gospels say that ‘the heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him’ (Matt. 3: 16–17). There are slight differences in the wording in the various Gospels, but the event, which was also witnessed by ... ...

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