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So far, Luke has dealt with the births of John and the Lord Jesus and one incident when Jesus was twelve. Now he turns his attention to John as an adult. As at the beginning of his account and with the birth of the Lord Jesus, he again roots the narrative in recorded history and informs his readers just when John’s ministry began, between August AD 28 and August AD29 according to Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary.
If we could somehow go back in time and take some sort of opinion poll in Israel in AD29, I suspect most people would see the Roman occupation as the major problem facing the nation. Israel were God’s chosen people living in a land given to them by the Lord and yet they lived under the control…
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