Gospel of John Essay

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Gospel of John This essay will show contrasts in views on the Gospel of John regarding authorship,dates, and the relationship between John's Gospel and the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Some comparison of thought, concerning composition and life setting, will also be presented. The majority of the information that we have today, describing the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, is contained in the four Gospels. The Gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke, are called the Synoptic Gospels. The Gospel of John differs in many key areas to the Synoptics,and I will address some differing lines of thought. The two primary texts I will be using for…show more content…
But since this figure became important in Johannine community history (perhaps founder of the community), he became the ideal in its gospel picture, capable of being contrasted with Peter, as closer to Jesus in love." Andreas J. Kostenberger on the other hand, says in his introduction "Very possibly written by John the apostle as the culmination of his long life and ministry( critical and postmodern objections the Gospel's apostolic authorship notwithstanding)..." Kostenbergers feelings on this matter of authorship are indicated in the emotive " Despite the massive assault on John's trustworthiness in the wake of the Enlightenment, especially by liberal German scholars, John's Gospel stands today widely rehabilitated as a reliable witness to the life, words and deeds of our Lord Jesus Christ." Kostenberger does attempt to "balance" things a little by later stating " As to authorship, all options, including apostolic authorship, must remain on the table, without undue dogmatism on all sides." A little further on Kostenberger writes " Althought the hypothesis of the apostolic authorship of the Fourth Gospel is regularly rejected in recent Johannine

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