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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Matthew 3:13–17

THEME

The beginning of Christ’s ministry

SETTING

c.26–27 CE Judean countryside, alongside the River Jordan.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God, who travels from Galilee to the River Jordan to be baptized by John and commence His ministry.

John the Baptist A dedicated holy man and preacher who baptizes Jesus, then steps aside to make way for His ministry.

Near the beginning of the Gospel according to Matthew, at the start of the New Testament, Jesus undergoes a baptism (ritual washing by immersion in water) at the hands of a man named John the Baptist. Such is the significance of this event—because ...

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