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John the Baptist




Format: Paperback

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 272

Release Date: December 2019

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9781912863150


Was John the Baptist among the greatest people who ever lived? And if he was, what does that mean for disciples of Jesus? John the Baptist was Jesus’ relative, lifelong friend and closest collaborator, of whom he said that there is no one greater in human history. Charles Croll's Biography of John the Baptist, gives a unique and fresh insight into the Trinity: John set the scene for the revelation of the Trinity to the world, and the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life: John was the Prophet of Pentecost. It is a book that looks at the man and his background as well as his message. John the Baptist: A Biography, sets out in an accessible yet rigorous way the life and teaching of John especially the way he interacted with Jesus and the influence he continued to have on the early church.

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Revd Charles Croll is the minister of Southwold United Reformed Church in England. Charles has two theological degrees and also studied at Westminster College, Cambridge before his ordination. He has been researching John the Baptist for the best part of twenty years, which has included two sabbaticals.


‘Whether from an historical or a spiritual standpoint this is a fascinating, scholarly, very inspiring account of the life and legacy of Jesus' cousin - the one he called the greatest man in the world. I couldn't put it down and could not recommend it more.’


Sandy Millar, Former vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, Honorary Assistant Bishop in London

‘John the Baptist is a vital part of the Christian story, and Charles Croll helps us to understand why. He attends carefully to the biblical text, offering plenty of good information about people and places, and showing strong links between John’s ministry and the faith and life of the Jesus movement. This clear, logical, interesting book – intelligent but not intimidating – deserves to be widely known and well used.’

Revd John Proctor, General Secretary, United Reformed Church

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