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How did St. John the Baptist escape the murder of the babies directed by King Herod after the birth of Jesus?

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How did St. John the Baptist escape the murder of the babies directed by King Herod after the birth of Jesus?


Scripture does not say, but Herod apparently limited the murders to the region (Matt. 2:16) where he knew the Messiah was to be born (Matt. 2:1-6). So far as we know, St. John the Baptist and his parents did not live in Bethlehem or its immediate vicinity—otherwise Mary and Joseph could have stayed with them while in the area for the enrollment (Luke 2:4-7)—but in the hill country, in an unnamed city of Judah (Luke 1:39-40), which may have been distant enough from the attack directed by Herod to protect the infant John.



  1. Ramil Edward Cariño Reply

    When we visited the House of St. Elizabeth, we saw a large stone. our tourist guide told us that it was the remnant of a bigger rock that was used by St. Elizabeth to safeguard the infant St. John the baptist from the massacre of innocents that was order by King Herod.

  2. Barbara Wallace Reply

    Some people believe that that’s when he went into the desert with his mother
    to hide from the slaughter and after she died,being old, he continued to live there!

    1. Diane Reply

      I also have read that he lived in the wild to escape. Read the Life of the Virgin Mary by the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich.

  3. Greg Rodriguez Reply

    I have read somewhere , I think it was Anne Rice’s book, “Out of Egypt”, where it documents that Elisabeth was friends with the Essenes .. They were fanatical and lived in the dessert . She may have went to the dessert and hid John out there until it was safe!! The book also said that when John’s parents died, he went to live and hang out with the Essenes until He made his way out as Prophet for Jesus , our Lord ..

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