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An account of the public ministry of Jesus according to his disciple/apostle John

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What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified?

What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified? What I’ve heard is Peter was about the same age as Jesus (30-33), while John was an older teenage, approximately 18. This ...
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Where is the reference to John's student writing that John wrote his gospel because the synoptic gospels needed more detail?

Two early church fathers (Ignatius and Polycarp) were students of John the apostle. Someone wrote that one of them wrote that John was unhappy with missing details of the previous gospels, motivating ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the “true” vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

The question of which vine is being contrasted when Jesus claims to be the "true vine" (John 15) received this answer that the vine contrasted with the "true" vine is Israel; taken ...
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Are you unguilty of sin if you never heard the gospel?

Jesus says that if he had not come and proclaimed the gospel, that those hearing would not be guilty of sin. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

John's Gospel is written so that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and may have life in that name" Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret Jesus's statement that “I live because of the Father”?

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:57) This statement by Jesus seems to insinuate that Jesus derives his ...
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How much of the text of the Gospel of John can be substantiated by early copies and quotes from early Church Fathers?

It's interesting that a person will claim passages were added at a later date without considering the textual evidence. A fragment of the Gospel of John dates in the first half of the second century. ...
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Did Polycarp, the alleged disciple of John, know of and endorse the 4th gospel, three letters or Revelation as authentic writings of the apostle John?

Polycarp claimed to observe Passover (as the Lord's Supper) on the 14th of Nisan with the apostle John, who is alleged to be the author of the fourth canonical gospel: In the mid–2nd century, the ...
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Regarding John 3:13 in relation to Ezekiel 2, does the title Son of Man simply refer to a Prophet? [closed]

In the Gospel account of John 3:13 [NIV], we told a statement by Jesus: "No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man." In the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), ...
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Does “Kehilat Bethlehem” community believe that the Law of Moses are the commandments Jesus is referring to in John 14:15?

Does Kehilat Bethlehem community believe that the Law of Moses are the commandments Jesus is referring to in John 14:15? John 14:15: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And do they ...
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According to Catholicism, what Old Testament text is referred to in John 19: 36?

We see at John 19: 31-36, how the early death of Jesus on the Cross staved off the prospects of his legs being broken to fasten death : ".... Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a document titled: "The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ; A Bicentennial Proclamation to the world. ...
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If Jesus is “a god” do Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be polytheists?

Isaiah 44:6, Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel And His Redeemer, the Lord of host; I am the first and I am the last, AND THERE IS NO GOD BESIDES ME. Isaiah 44:24, Thus says the Lord your Redeemer,...
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If John wrote the 4th Gospel, why did he not name himself or his brother?

I've read in Ellicott's commentary that the "other" disciple of John 18:15 might be James, for it stands in contrast to John's supposed self-designation as "the beloved disciple". But that got me ...
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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become one ...
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How does the “eight day“ appearance of Jesus to Doubting Thomas in John 20:26 relate to Parsha Shemini (Eighth Day) ”appearance" Leviticus 9:1 & 10:2? [closed]

I have been following Jewish and Christian lectionaries for some years and have often noticed interesting relationships. Became aware of Aileen Gulding's work on this idea: The Fourth Gospel and ...
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According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if Jesus Christ is not God why is He presented as the agent of creation?

John 1:3, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him (or without Him) NOTHING came into being that has come into being." Also Colossians 1:16-17, "For by Him all things were created, in ...
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What is the meaning of “Behold the Son” in John 6:40? [closed]

John 6:40 reads; (NASB): For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. St. John ...
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Why did John the Baptist say he wasn't a prophet? [closed]

According to John 1:21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Why did he said he wasn't a prophet?
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Why did the Jews comment that Jesus was not yet fifty years of age?

We see at John 8 , the long debate that Jesus has with the Pharisees . We read at verse 57 the question which the Pharisees pose to him: Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, ...
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Did Jesus die for all? Is “for many” the same meaning as “for all “ in Matthew 26:28?

In Matthew 26, Jesus said, Matthew 26:28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And In Isaiah, please take note the word “many” Isaiah 53:...
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How do reformed theologians reconcile John 15:2 with “once saved always saved"?

Every branch in me (εν έμοι ) that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [the Father, v1] cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2, ASV) Some ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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Is the Comforter a person?

There are some sentences which are difficult to read in the Gospel of John, some of them lead me think that the Comforter will be a person, which has not come yet (A) whereas there are some which lead ...
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Is John the Baptist the same John who wrote the Book of John in the New Testament?

I am confused about whether or not it was St. John the Baptist who wrote the Book of John in the New Testament. I thought this was a different John who was one of the apostles.
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Does John's Gospel explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John?

Despite the traditional ascriptions all four are anonymous, and none were written by eyewitnesses. [Wikipedia] Doesn't John's gospel explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John?
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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles?

In John Chapter-7, we see Jesus going to the Feast of Tabernacles in disguise: " But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, ...
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Do any denominations use the full form of INRI?

At John 19:19-20 we read: Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place ...
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Did Judas Iscariot participate in the First Holy Eucharist?

At John 13:1-30 we see the narrative of the last Passover meal that Jesus partook with his disciples, in which Judas is identified as the one who would betray him : .... After saying this Jesus ...
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7 mentions of night in Gospel of John [closed]

From reading Job 35:10 and Ps. 77:6 we understand that night is used to represent trials, a period of distress, trouble. Then, in the Gospel of John, we can read 7 mentions of night, starting from ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the phrase “ Ïn the beginning ” in Genesis and Gospel of John?

We read at Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.. " We also read at John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ...
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Did Mary, sister of Martha, anoint Jesus's feet on two different occasions, John 11:1-2 and John 12:2-5?

At John 11: 1-2 (NRSVCE) we read: "Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet ...
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Was Judas a partaker of the feet washing by Jesus?

When Jesus washed his disciples feet in John 13, did he wash Judas' feet as well? If he did, does this not mean that Judas has a part in the salvation of Christ? John 13:8:  Peter saith unto him, ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

Unitarians use John 17:3 to affirm their faith that the Father alone is the only true God. They would say that this is the strongest evidence that there is only one person who is true God. Thus, the ...
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What was the stance of Arius on John 1:1?

Introduction Arius believed that Jesus was a creature, a created god. What did he write about John 1:1? Or if there is no such extant manuscript, how would he interpreted ''the Word was God'' in John ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there a missing line between Verses 4 and 5 of John Chapter 2?

At John 2: 3-7 we read about the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding of Cana: "3.When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4. And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what ...
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“As it is written in their Law”—A Prophecy?

There is a well-known 'Bible-difficulty' in John 15:25: John 15:23-25 (DRB) He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

Why does the bible say in John 3:16 that "For God so loved the world" but 1 John 2:15 says "Love not the world". If God Himself loved the world, why shouldn't we love the world?
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Why did Jesus compare one born of the Spirit to the wind?

At John 3:8 (RSVCE) we see Jesus saying: "The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 12:32?

According to John 12:32 (NRSV): And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoplea to myself.” aJohn 12:32 Other ancient authorities read all things Yeshua seems to be saying- without ...
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Why did Pilate call Jesus The Man?

At John 19:5 we see: So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” Elsewhere, we see Jesus referring to himself as Son of Man on ...
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Who are the lambs in John 21:15?

At a recent bible study with some lay missionaries, the lay sister leading the study indicated that the lambs in John 21:15 represent the apostles. She was unable to explain why we might think that ...
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What is the meaning of John 13v31?

Now-At this time-the Son of Man is glorified-is having been glorified- in the glory of His Father in the past-and John 17v5 glorify me with the thine own self with the glory which I had with thee ...
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Why are most Christians reluctant to identify the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead with Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus? [closed]

I’m doing a talk in a few weeks on the story of ‘the Rich Man and Lazarus’ (Luke 16:19-31), and I find that it fits quite nicely with the account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead in John 11. ...
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Transubstantiation and John 6:27

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." NKJV John 6:27 I ...
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How do those who reject the deity of Christ understand the 'sameness of honor' in John 5?

John 5:21-23 (DRB) For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will.1 22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to ...
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The Prohet and the Messiah in John 1:20-21

Why did the Jews in John 1:20-21 ask John the Baptist if he was the Christ and then if he was the Prophet? Since the coming Prophet mentioned in Deut. 18:18 is the Messiah, it seems that their ...
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What was Jesus referring to when He said “it is finished”? What is “it” in this case? [closed]

At the end of Jesus' ministry, what did Jesus mean when He said "it is finished" (John 19:30)? Is this to be considered the end of Satan's Reign over humanity?

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