Here’s a question I’m hoping to get some help with. I just started reading a new book and came across something that has me scratching my head. I don’t know if I’m having a stupid moment or what… Anyways, the author of this book (who shall remain nameless for the time being) pretty much states from the start that the Apostle John was at one time a disciple of John the Baptist.
John had lived long enough to see it all, from the beginning all the way to the end. As a brash, blustering young man, the idea of tramping around the wilderness of Judea to follow John the Baptizer appealed to him a great deal. So he left his thriving fishing enterprise in the hands of his brother, James, and abandoned his privileged status for a diet of locusts and wild honey-and the chance to prepare Israel for the coming Messiah. He helped the forerunner of the Christ baptize thousands of repentant Jews and supported this strange, Elijah-like figure as he called down judgment on the corrupt temple leaders.
Finally the day came when John saw the long-awaited Anointed One. He looked nothing like what John had imagined; but his wilderness mentor, John the Baptizer, was unequivocal. This was the One. He and another of John’s disciples decided to get a closer look, to follow Him home, to hear what He had to say about Himself and Israel. And before the dawn of the next day, he knew. They had found the Messiah.
These are the opening two paragraphs of the book. While they make for a great story, I can’t find any scripture support for this position (Matthew, Mark, and Luke all have John being called by Jesus along with his brother). Is there something in the Tradition that I’m missing?