Digging for the Baptist

Have archaeologists discovered the skeleton of John the Baptist? Don't send for your color slides yet, but it's possible. Last year scholars combing a graveyard at the Qumran site in the West Bank, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, turned up an elaborate burial mound and some bones, which they theorized belonged to the Teacher of Righteousness--the leader of the Essene sect thought to have assembled the scrolls. The Teacher has long been felt by some scholars to be John the Baptist, since John's Messianic Judaism and stress on immersion were strikingly similar to Essene beliefs.

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