Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | May 23, 2013

Gospel according to John

Welcome back to the Gospels “four” you blog series!  Today’s information was shared by guest writer, Sue Steege, and is on the Gospel according to John.

Gospel name: John

Who wrote this gospel and what was his relationship to Jesus/disciples?

  • John
  • John was one of the 12 disciples, and in fact, was called “the one Jesus loves”. Jesus asked John to take care of his mother from the cross.

What was significant about this particular author’s background and how it impacted his writing style?

  • John also wrote 1, 2, 3 John
  • John wrote with very excellent Greek

When was this gospel written?

  • Around AD 90 (40 years later than the synoptic Gospels)

What is unique about this gospel book?

  • It is very different than the other three Gospels in tone
  • There are a series of seven “I Am” statements unique to John’s Gospel: “I am the Light of the World”(John 8:12), “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35), “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6); “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11); I am the Gate (John 10:9)”; “I am the Vine” (John 15:5); “I am the Resurrection and the Life”(John 11:25-26).
  • The story of Doubting Thomas is unique to John (John 20:24-28)
  • The story of Lazarus is unique to John (John 11).
  • There is no account of the Jewish trial for Jesus in John

What is similar between this gospel book and the others?

  • They all tell the story of Jesus’ life

This is the end of this blog series, but a new series starts here June 4 on Cool Christian Blogs. Come back and visit soon!

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