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II. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

Chapter 3

The Preaching of John the Baptist.[a](A) In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea[b]

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  1. 3:1–12 Here Matthew takes up the order of Jesus’ ministry found in the gospel of Mark, beginning with the preparatory preaching of John the Baptist.
  2. 3:1 Unlike Luke, Matthew says nothing of the Baptist’s origins and does not make him a relative of Jesus. The desert of Judea: the barren region west of the Dead Sea extending up the Jordan valley.