First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus Christ, born of holy parents, Zacharias (Zaharia) and Elizabeth, was the most holy one who emerged from his mother's womb, and among the sons of women (as the Lord himself witnesses) the most outstanding. He was a prophet and more than a prophet when he pointed out Christ the redeemer with his finger, saying: Behold the Lamb of God, etc. After the years of his infancy had passed, he, although he was but a tender and only child of aged parents, became a hermit for the love of his heavenly fatherland. Afterwards, at the age of 30, it being the 12th year of the reign of the emperor Tiberius Caesar (while Pontius Pilate governed the land of Judea), the holy word of God came to John in the wilderness; and he came into all the regions of the Jordan preaching the baptism of repentance. For that reason he was giving fitting answers to each one of the many people running up to him and asking him questions.[This sentence is not in the German edition of the .] Sometime before the period of Christ's preaching, he was taken and imprisoned by Herod Antipas, whom he reproved, saying: It is not lawful for you to have the wife of your brother. At the instigation of this same woman John was imprisoned for one year and suffered for lack of food.[Luke 3:1-20.] At the end of the year, Herod, on the day of his birthday, invited all the princes and nobles to the festivities. And while those in the house were enjoying themselves, the daughter of his wife Herodias performed with her voice and danced before them, and she pleased the king. And he promised with an oath to give whatever she would ask. At the suggestion of her mother she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. And although the king, by reason of his oath, was sorry, he sent the executioner and had him (John) decapitated.[Matthew 14:3-10.]