Definitions for "John the Baptist"
A prophetic figure concerned about righteous behavior and purification, mentioned in the New Testament and in Josephus. Because his concerns align so well with those of the Qumran community, some have suggested that he might have spent time in that sect, but there is no hard evidence to prove this.
Jewish religious figure during the first century CE (baptised Jesus); beheaded by Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great
(New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome