John the Baptist
Son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, being of priestly descent through both parents. This lineage was essential, since John was the embodiment of the law of Moses, designed to prepare the way for the Messiah........
John was shut up in prison by order of Herod for criticizing Herod's unlawful marriage of Herodias. After nearly a year in prison, Johnwas beheaded at the instigation of Herodias (Matt.14:1-12)