John 18 relates that the “other disciple” who was “known to the high priest” was given access by a maid girl to the palace of the high priest. It is commonly thought that this disciple was John the son of Zebedee, but this seems inconsistent with the account of that John being brought, together with Peter, before the high priest and his relatives.Continue reading “Was John son of Zebedee Known to the High Priest?”
Were there two famous Johns at Ephesus?
According to Dionysius of Alexandria, writing in the third century, there were two memorials of John in Ephesus, and he suggested that there might have been two famous Johns who had lived in the province of Asia (whom he identifies as the authors of the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation respectively) (apud Eusebius, Hist. eccl. 7.25.16).Continue reading “The Two Memorials of John in Ephesus”
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:Continue reading “Were John son of Zebedee and the Beloved Disciple the same person?”
John’s ministry in Asia Minor and the Dating of John’s Gospel and Revelation
According to a number of ancient writers, John founded the bishoprics in the churches of the province of Asia.
What was the historical situation of these ordinations, according to early Christian tradition, and what can it tell us about when early sources placed the writing of the Gospel and Revelation of John?
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Cyprus as the location of John’s exile in some medieval sources
According to a medieval Greek prologue to the Gospels, John wrote his Gospel “in Patmos of Cyprus.” Of course, Patmos is quite a distance from the much larger island of Cyprus (see map below).Continue reading “The Confusion of Patmos and Cyprus”