(New Testament) A preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome.
(c. 12 BC-c. AD 27) In the New Testament, an itinerant preacher. After preparation in the wilderness, he proclaimed the coming of the Messiah and baptized Jesus in the river Jordan. He was later executed by Herod Antipas at the request of Salome, who demanded that his head be brought to her on a platter
John was the son of Zacharias and Elizabeth (a cousin of Jesus' mother), and born in Nazareth, Galilee. He and Jesus are often shown together as children