The disciples of Jesus were baptizing (Jn 3:22-3:22)

“After this,

Jesus

And his disciples

Went

Into the Judean countryside.

He spent some time there

With them.

They baptized people.”

Μετὰ ταῦτα ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν Ἰουδαίαν γῆν, καὶ ἐκεῖ διέτριβεν μετ’ αὐτῶν καὶ ἐβάπτιζεν.

John uniquely had his episode about Jesus and his disciples in the Judean countryside.  John used a transition phrase that meant that after these things (Μετὰ ταῦτα), that is the episode with Nicodemus, Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς), with his disciples (καὶ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ), went (ἦλθεν) into the Judean countryside (εἰς τὴν Ἰουδαίαν γῆν), outside of or not in Jerusalem.  These disciples may have been a relatively small group.  Jesus remained there for some time with them (καὶ ἐκεῖ διέτριβεν μετ’ αὐτῶν).  Judea was the southern part of Israel with Galilee the northern part of Israel at that time.  There they were baptizing (καὶ ἐβάπτιζεν) people, like John the Baptist had done with a baptism of repentance.  Thus, this connection with John the Baptist popped up again.  Apparently, this seemed like Jesus was also baptizing, but John made a later clarification in the following chapter 4:2, that Jesus himself did not baptize anyone.  The synoptic gospels did not have Jesus do any baptizing.  Why do you think that Jesus did not baptize anyone?

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