Is there any Extra-Biblical information on John the Baptist?


#1

Among the apocryphal writings, do any of them give us more information on John the Baptist? I assume that he was such an interesting individual, and would love to read any Church traditions that are available on him.

Does anyone know of any?


#2

This article from the Catholic Encyclopedia might give you a start: John the Baptist. :slight_smile:


#3

Try Flavius Josephus Antiquities and the is also apocrypha called “the life of John the Baptist”


#4

The Protoevangelium of Jameshas a little info about Zacharias, Elizabeth, and John, paragraphs 22-24.


#5

The Life Of Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich. Think it’s in volume two.


#6

Thanks a lot, guys!!!


#7

This is less then 300 years ago so you cannot count a recent private revelation as extra-biblical information.
I don’t happen to believe what she said anyway.


#8

She is a Saint and there is no reason to believe she was lying about what she saw or heard. As private revelation you are free to believe or disbelieve what she reported. I can’t figure out why it wouldn’t beextra-biblical as it is outside of the Sacred Scriptures. Maybe you are reading extra-biblical to be extra info in addition to what is in the Bible but from sources written at the same time claiming to be Gospels.


#9

I now add the disclaimer her apparitions are not church approved.


#10

Extra-biblical does NOT mean 1700 years later!!
By the way Anne Emmerich is not a saint (at least she has not be declared a saint by the Church).


#11

She’s blessed thought.

She was beatified on October 3, 2004, by Pope John Paul II. Though like most Catholics here, we don’t have to believe in private revelations of saints. I think there are some truths in Blessed Catherine Anne Emmerich. To be sure, if I die in the state of grace, I’ll ask her in heaven to be certain. :smiley:


#12

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