New for BSCL: The Popularity of John the Baptist

I have contributed a new blog post over at Bible Study and the Christian Life. It is part of their series on the Gospel of Mark. I ask why it is that the Evangelist begins his narrative with the proclamation and preaching of John the Baptist. In this post I discuss how both the historian Josephus and the Synoptic Evangelists present John as a very popular prophetic figure to the populace. For more go here.