John the Baptist was a prominent figure of the Christian faith, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, the son of the priest Zechariah in Jerusalem. He lived as a hermit in the desert and then went to the Jordan to preach about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to baptize those who he converted. Before Christ started teaching, he asked John to baptize him. John saw Heaven open above Christ’s head and the Holy Spirit descending in the shape of a dove. Soon after, John got into a dispute with the wife of Herod Antipas, the back-then ruler of Galilee, and as a result was apprehended and beheaded. He is a patron of theologists, officials, notaries and writers. His attributes are a book or scroll, eagle, snake and grave.