James McGrath: Did Jesus Know John the Baptist?

Saint John the Baptist, a 1540 painting by Titian

Prof James McGrath’s new books in John the Baptist are coming out soon and he has done 3 guest posts about them on Bart Ehrman’s blog.

But did Jesus know John the Baptist? Certainly, John baptizing Jesus and Jesus claiming John was greater than he was hardly seems to be something the early Christians would have invented out of whole cloth. Or is there more to be said here? I will be addressing this issue and many others in my second Robyn Faith Walsh reader response – coming soon!