Peter and John later traveled up to Samaria to confirm the work that was going on there Acts John's Gospel is generally considered to be the last of the four canonical Gospels to be written. On the other hand, as Michaels points out, "no limit could be fixed on how early it could have been written" because John does not rely on the Synoptic Gospels. The majority of scholars date the Gospel in the period AD , though some have dated it much earlier. The location of John's Gospel has recently been disputed.
The two possibilities that have gained the most acceptance are Syria and Asia Minor. Syria is mentioned because of the Gospel's connection with the Odes of Solomon  and Ignatius of Antioch ca.
On the other hand, early church tradition suggests that that John composed his Gospel in Ephesus Asia Minor. An example of this is the testimony of Irenaeus: "Then John, the disciple of the Lord, who had even rested on his breast, himself also gave forth the Gospel, while he was living at Ephesus in Asia. John specifically states his purpose in , "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Eusebius argued that John wrote in order to complement the Synoptics where they were lacking,  while the Muratorian Canon suggested that his fellow disciples in Asia Minor urged him to write an account. The specific recipients are not clearly spelled out in the Gospel. Conjecture, along with the Muratorian Canon, would suggest that it was written for the disciples in Asia Minor, but there is no certainty in this.
John presents man as either belonging to one of two things: the darkness or the light. There is no in between. The darkness is associated with death, while the light is associated with life. This theme is developed throughout the Gospel. In , John portrays Jesus as being the light of men and demonstrates that the darkness does not understand the light. John the Baptist came to bear witness of the light in order that men would believe through him.
In the third chapter Jesus states that the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness instead of the light because their works were evil. Evildoers hate the light and are afraid to go into the light lest their works be exposed. On the other hand, the ones who practice the truth come into the light so that it can be seen that their works were done through God. In there is reference to John the Baptist as being a lamp that gives forth light. Jesus is also referred to as the Light of the World ; whereas the devil is called the "prince of this world" ; ; In Jesus tells the crowd that it is necessary to walk in the light because the person that walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
He also tells the crowd to believe in the Light in order to become sons of the light. Lastly in , he states that he has come as light into the world so that those who believe in him will not remain in darkness. The Gospel of John also develops a Christology that is unique from the other Gospels.
One of the overriding themes throughout the New Testament is that Jesus is the Messiah.
In presenting this, John's Gospel also makes it clear that Jesus is God. In the opening verse , John plainly declares that in the beginning Jesus the Logos was with God and was God.
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Throughout the Gospel many references are made to Jesus' deity. Most notable of these are where Jesus declares, "Before Abraham was born, I am egw eimi! In this instance Jesus said, "I and my Father are one. At the end of the Gospel Thomas makes a climacteric confession of faith by declaring that Jesus as his God. The prologue to the Gospel begins by saying, "In the beginning was the word logos , the word logos was with God, and the word logos was God. Heraclitus BC first used the word in reference to a fixed principle in a world of change; it was his expression of God. The Logos would have helped John to present Christianity to Greeks who were familiar with the idea.
Philo a first century Jew from Alexandria , being influenced by the Greeks, related the idea of the Logos to Yahweh, the God of Israel.
When the 'word of God' is used throughout the Old Testament, it often refers to God being in action, particularly in regards to "creation, revelation and deliverance. The majority of the occurrences of logos in John take place in a "syntactical sequence with Jesus or God. The Gospel of John varies from the Synoptic Gospels in more ways than one. Ramsey Michaels categorizes them into two types of variation: 1 the style and content of Jesus' teaching, and 2 the chronology and structure of Jesus' ministry.
Concerning this, Clement of Alexandria stated that John was concerned with details and wrote a "spiritual gospel. Chapter 21 is commonly called the epilogue. On the surface this section seems a bit out of place because the last couple of verses in the twentieth chapter seem to bring the Gospel to a close. This has led some to believe that the epilogue was a later addition by John or one of his disciples.
There is, however, no reason to think that John did not write it. There are 28 words in the last chapter that are not found elsewhere in the Gospel, but most of these are caused by the subject-matter in the first 14 verses. More importantly, as one commentator put it, it "completes" the Gospel by "illustrating the result of belief.
For the children used for the building of their temple atleast that from which the father obtained his food, whereas menbuild temples from the excrements of Satan and worship theirGod and Father therein. Ryle Expository Thoughts on John, vol. Therefore, beware all of you of evil magic and prophecy, for allthis is most detrimental to the human spirit. The Great Gospel is a detailed first-person narrative of Jesus ' last three years of ministry on Earth. So stay, forMoses is not more than I and He Who had awakened him to thatwhich he was.
Ramsey Michaels. Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson Publishers, , p. The Priority of John. Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co. Quaestiones et Solutiones in Genesin , II.
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