40. John the Baptist

This quote, from the 1st century AD Jewish writer Josephus, references the execution of John the Baptist, which is also recorded in the Bible (Matthew chapter 14).

"Now, to some of the Jews the destruction of Herod's army seemed to come from God as a...punishment for what he did to John who was called the Baptist. For Herod had executed him..." (Jewish Antiquities).

Quote taken from: Josephus, Josephus the Essential Works. Trans & Ed. by Maier, Paul L. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007. Print. P.  271.