Welcome to the website of Dr Dean Furlong, PhD.

Who was the disciple of Jesus referred to by Papias of Hierapolis (early second century) as John the Elder? When was the Evangelist first identified with the Apostle John? How did various early narratives of John’s exile (Claudian, Neronian, Domitianic) and death (early martyrdom and natural death in old age) originate?

And how do we explain the apparent confusion of John the Evangelist with the John called Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, in ancient and medieval Christian sources?

These are the questions my research has sought to answer. Read an overview of my innovative reconstruction of the history of the Johannine tradition here.

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