The Gospel Of John And The Writing Of His Gospel

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Reading through the Gospel of John can bring up many questions about the fourth canonical book and the writing of his gospel. Some of those questions have answers and some do not. In this essay we will take a look at some of them that has biblical answers. The first question is did John write the gospel bearing his name? Second, who was the audience that he was writing to? Third, what was the purpose of John writing the gospel?

Did John write the gospel bearing his name? In the gospel of John it never provides the name of the author. There are no other indications in the bible either. There are two important factors that tell us that John is the author. In the Gospel of John it identifies the author as the disciple whom Jesus loved. This likely pointed to John and there are three reasons. First, John was one of the twelve disciples, he was a witness of the actual events (John 21:14). He was part of the inner circle of the disciples because Mary told him first of the resurrection (John 20:1-10). John was distinguished from others in the book. The Gospel of John was discovered around AD 135. However, some scholars think that it was written (AD 70) when Jerusalem was destroyed. This writer believes that AD 85-90 is the more accepted time for the writing of the Gospel of John.

Who was the audience that he was writing to? John was writing to the church, I believe that he was also writing to the people who did not believe. John focuses on the divinity of Jesus Christ. The…

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