The website of Dr Dean Furlong, PhD.

Discussing my research on the reception of John the Evangelist in ancient Christian sources.

Read an overview of my reconstruction of the history of the Johannine tradition here.

Mosaic of John dictating to Prochorus, Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos

Were John son of Zebedee and the Beloved Disciple the same person?

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: