FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY 50 YEARS, A CASUAL YET INFORMATIVE METHOD TO LEARN ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIST.”Why did each of the four evangelists make John the gateway to the Gospel, the first preacher of Good News? What were the reasons for the early Church’s intense interest in a desert hermit whose public ministry lasted two years or less? Why in early Christian tradition was John the Baptist accorded an exalted religious stature, almost equal to that of Mary? The irony is that most modern scholarship on John has missed the true sources of his religious significance in his links to Christ and to the very earliest beginnings of the Christian religion.”