Discussing my research on the reception of John the Evangelist in ancient Christian sources.
The focus of my research has been on the question of the various identifications of John the Evangelist (e.g. with John the Elder, John/Mark, John the Evangelist) in Christian tradition, and the implications of these for understanding the patristic dating of John’s Gospel and Revelation.
Read an overview of my research here.
Examining the claim that “Domitian’s reign” in Irenaeus referred to Nero (Domitius), not Domitian
While there are good reasons for supposing that the Beloved Disciple was not John the son of Zebedee (see here), the view that he was Lazarus also raises difficulties. 1. The Beloved Disciple is maintained as an anonymous figure right up until the final chapter of the Fourth Gospel, whereas Lazarus is named. This fact … Continue reading “Was Lazarus the Beloved Disciple?”
It’s commonly thought that John the son of Zebedee was the author of the Gospel of John, the figure spoken of in that Gospel as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” The two are never explicitly identified, however, and there are reasons for questioning this identification. Here are eight points to consider: