Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist

The mother of John the Baptist, and the wife of Zechariah the priest. She is a descendant of Aaron. Elizabeth had been barren for many years, but God performed a miracle and she conceived a child who would be the forerunner of the Messiah.

While Zechariah was burning incense in the Temple, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and announced that a son who would "be great before the Lord" would be born to Elizabeth. In Elizabeth's sixth month of pregnancy, Gabriel also appeared to Mary and announced that she would become pregnant with a Son "called the Son of God." Mary then traveled to a Judean town (tradition places this town as, Ein Karem, just west of Jerusalem) to visit her relative Elizabeth. When Mary entered the house of Zechariah, and greeted Elizabeth, the baby leaped in Elizabeth's womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Luke 1:41-42).

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. When the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, she bore a son. Her husband Zechariah named him John. (Luke 1:5-79). There is no further mention of Elizabeth or Zechariah in the New Testament.

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