Commentary Search Essay

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LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

COMMENTARY SEARCH ON APORIA IN THE 21ST CHAPTER OF JOHN

WRITTEN FOR PROFESSOR THOMAS CAMPBELL
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE COURSE
NBST 655 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

BY DENISE WATSON-SMITH #221890

July 15, 2012

LYNCHBURG, VA

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………...3
COMMENTARY ANALYSIS…………..………………………………………………..3 D.A. Carson……………………………………………………………………….3 W. Hall Harris III………………………………………………………………….4 Leon Morris……………………………………………………………………….6
DISCUSSION/EVALUATION …………………………………………………….…….6
CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………..……..7
BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………………………………………………………………9

INTRODUCTION
Within the Gospel of John lies a tremendous amount of texts that offer an
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Harris quoted another author to say, “these linguistic and stylistic considerations, when weighed against the undoubted resemblances between the first 20 chapters and chapter 21, it offers no sufficient information that would lead one to believe that chapter 21 was written by any other author.” Harris contends that most scholars, do not make the decision for or against the identity of the authorship based on the stylistic or linguistic evidence, but rather, that argument is made on the basis of the content or logical argument flow. Harris uses the knowledge of other scholars regarding chapter 21 of the Gospel of John. He highlights another scholar when viewing the idea if chapter 21 was just an addendum to the Gospel of John or is it an item of necessity. He quotes S. Smalley to say this, “Smalley demonstrates that chapter 21 is not as much of an addendum as some believe, and that it does in fact provide a necessary conclusion to the Fourth Gospel, which does not merely end with the confession by Thomas, but offer a repetitive emphasis that the disciples will continue the witness of Jesus even after He has ascended to His Father, in addition to carrying out the mission

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