From the conception of John until his death, everything is suspect and can be questioned.
I am always amazed that Christians will accept the first thing they are told about the conception, life and death of John the baptist who , according to god Jesus was " the greatest prophet that ever lived".Luke 7:28.
John's conception by a "barren woman" Elizabeth , said to be Marry's cousin, is nothing new to anyone that has ever read the scriptures for themselves. It is a story that is repeated over and over and one has to wonder what it is that god has about "barren women"? Because there are at least five other biblical women that are also said to be child baring barren women—
Isaac’s mother, Sarah (Gen. 11:30; 21:1-2) who had married Abraham
Jacob’s mother, Rebekah (Gen. 25:21) who had married Isaac.
Joseph’s mother, Rachel (Gen. 29:31; 30:22) who had married Jacob
Samson’s mother, who was unnamed (Judg. 13:1-3) and had married Manoah
Samuel’s mother, Hannah (1 Sam. 1:5-6, 20) who had married Elkana.
The questions surrounding John keep mounting up and they cannot be explained away without the theist invoking the supernatural .
If we put the recycled story of all of these "barren women" giving birth aside for now, the first question that should be asked is :
considering that all first born were to be killed on orders Herod, Matthew 2:16(another recycled story) there is no mention of this priestly family fleeing anywhere to safety as did the Jesus family?
Why no visit from an "angel" showing any concern for the safety of the first born of barren women chosen by god to be "greatest prophet that ever lived" and the forerunner to god Jesus himself? Is all we know is that "Zechariah went home" after receiving the news and performing temple duties, Luke 1: 23, and that for at least the last five months of her pregnancy Elizabeth, the barren woman chosen by god to bare the greatest prophet simply remained in seclusion. Luke 1:24 And there in no mention of the "greatest prophets " birth either. Not to mention, however did they escape Herod's sword without having to flee the country?
The Jesus family on the other hand were instructed by gods messenger ,for their own safety, to flee the country altogether and "escape" to Egypt (of all places) Matthew 2:13.
"When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
"Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.
Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."