This original copper-plate engraving from an early 18th Century Bible is a real beauty. It depicts the Saint John the Baptist. It was engraved by the famous German Engraver Engelhardt Nunzer and published in 1701. It shows John the Baptist in great detail with the baptism water in his one hand receiving the blessing from sky of forgiving sins. In his other hand he holds a long cross and a book with a lamb on it.
John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith and Mandaeism. John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus. Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus' early followers had previously been followers of John. John the Baptist is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence substantiates this. According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces Jesus' coming. John is also identified with the prophet Elijah.
Provenance: Biblia Sacra Das ist Die gantze Heilige Schrifft / Alten und Neuen Testaments
Author: Casparum Ulenbergium
Engraver: Engelhardt Nunzer
Published : Bamberg, Ziegern & Lehmann, 1701
Paper Size: circa 14 1/2" x 9 3/4"
Condition : In good antique condition with a Beautiful Age Patina. One tear on the lower right and a small hole on the lower right and upper left - PLEASE SEE PICTURES
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