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The fourth Gospel in the Christian New Testament that is attributed to John the son of Zebedee.

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(John 3:14-15) Is Jesus Christ an idol? [closed]

Yeah, I know it is a provocative title, but I honestly think this is a very important question and I'd like some serious exploration. The question is "has Jesus become an idol like the serpent from ...
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How was Jesus tested by Devil in the first test?

In Matthew 4: Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since ...
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John 17:19, what is the meaning of “I sanctify myself”?

John 17:19, (DRB): And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. John 17:19, Latin Vulgate: et pro eis ego sanctifico me ipsum ut sint et ipsi sanctificati in ...
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Did Judas have free will to reject Satan's temptation?

I have this thought and I would like to hear yours. Was Judas destined to betray Jesus or does Judas have the free will to reject Satan’s temptation? Satan has entered Judas’ body at John 13:27 which ...
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(John 1:39) Significance of “almost the tenth hour”

I'm trying to explore the symbolic uses of time in the Fourth Gospel. My question is: "What is the significance of 4pm (the tenth hour) to first century, and older, Jews? John 1:39 (KJV), He saith ...
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John 11:33. What was Jesus troubled about?

First post here! Really enjoyed the Book of John :) The phrase goes (NLT):”When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply ...
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Does John use οὗτός at the end of his letter to form an inclusio to the beginning of his Gospel?

John begins the Gospel by describing the Word who was with God, came to earth, and returned to His Father: 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was ...
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Who is the Word in John 1:1

John 1:1 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) and is translated also to: John 1:1 Goodspeed “…and the Word was divine.” John 1:...
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Why does John gospel omit Jesus transfigurations and miracle of Jairus’s daughter while Synoptics states that he was attending?

James, John and Peter was chosen by Jesus to witness many miracles and to be present with him while he was praying in the garden the last night before the coming of juda and the soldiers. If John was ...
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(John 20) Why wasn't Thomas at the first meeting with Christ

In the Gospel of John, Thomas plays a huge role compared to the other gospels. He seems to be present quite a bit, and as a leader. My question is: "Why wasn't Thomas at the first meeting of Jesus ...
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(John 5) Pool of Bethesda - five or seven porticoes?

In John 5, the fourth evangelist describes the pool north of the temple's sheep gate in Jerusalem. John 5:2 says: John 5:2, Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew ...
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Tetelestai - What did Jesus really say in John 19:30 assuming he spoke Aramaic or Hebrew?

I have been researching for a long time John 19:30, more specifically the word Tetelestai (τετελεσται) in the Greek. But recently came across the topic of the Hebrew Gospels (possible late ...
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Why did the pharisees and the party of Herod's followers plan to kill Jesus? Is it likely that Jesus' trial was rigged?

The following verses indicates that those who plotted to kill Jesus planned it for an extended period of time. Mark 3:6 of the American Standard Version says, And the Pharisees went out, and ...
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How does the Greek grammar of the Anaphoric article remove ambiguity from 1 John 5:20?

Identifying the antecedent of a pronoun at 1 John 5:20b is frequently used to identify God in that verse, (NA28) 20 ⸂οἴδαμεν δὲ⸃ ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ἥκει καὶ ⸀δέδωκεν ἡμῖν διάνοιαν ἵνα ⸁γινώσκωμεν ...
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Is Jesus' “I am” statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's “I am” statement in Exodus 3:14?

Is Jesus' "I am" statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's "I am" in Exodus 3:14? What is the meaning of "I am" in John 8:58 and what is the meaning of "I am" in Exodus 3:14?
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Hebrews 12:9, who is “the Father of spirits”, the Son or God the Father?

Hebrews 12:9 (DRB): Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live? 2 Corinthians 3:17 "the LORD is ...
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Does the bible support the 100% man and 100% God concept? [closed]

John 8:40 of the Aramaic Bible in Plain English says “But now, behold, you are seeking to kill me; I am a man who have spoken the truth with you, which I have heard from God; this Abraham did not do. ...
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What exactly did Jesus mean when he asked “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods” in John 10:34? [duplicate]

Jesus seems to be waxing sarcastic in the context of John 10:34 when it records "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" (ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Οὐκ ἔστιν ...
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What does John want us to believe in John 20:31?

John 20:31 of the Young's Literal Translation bible says: and these have been written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that [by] believing [this] ye may have life ...
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Is the Father sending the Son a statement unique to the Johannine corpus?

In John's Gospel and his letter, the statement that the Father sent the Son is made several times. Two examples: that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor ...
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In John 20:17 does Jesus intent ἀναβέβηκα to have a secondary meaning related to sacrifice?

In John 20:17 does Jesus intent ἀναβέβηκα to have a secondary meaning related to sacrifice? This question is not intended to question the correct way translations have translated this word, but to ...
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What does John mean by “The Word was θεός” at John 1:1?

What does John mean by "The Word was θεός" at John 1:1? Does this mean he was "God," "god," "a god," or "divine"? Should we assume that Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 are equated? In one of the most ...
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Is there any other God other than the one true God of Jesus Christ, John 17:3?

Is there any other God greater than the one true God of Jesus Christ whom he said is greater than all, including Jesus Christ, John 10:29 and John 14:28?
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Does every man sin or Christians cannot possibly sin because they are the children of God?

This is one of the Great contradiction that no one can accept it , We have always two possibilities to answer a question in Bible . I'm very confused how the following question were answered . ...
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Did Jesus bear his own cross?

Did Jesus bear his own cross? John and Matthew seem to disagree: John 19:17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Matthew 27:32: ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Paradise on the day of the crucifixion? Is this a contradiction?

Did Jesus ascend to Paradise the same day as the crucifixion? There appear to be two contradictory answers here. Luke 23.43 Yes. He said to the thief who defended him, “Today you will be with me in ...
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Is the letter to Titus a more relevant source of John's “the Word,” ὁ λόγος, than Philo, Hellenistic philosophy, or Jewish Wisdom literature?

When considering the meaning of terms Paul applied to Jesus in the letter to Titus, the phrase "the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (2:13) is much debated. There are grammatical arguments for ...
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Was the phrase ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτῷ in John 5:26 related to the Tetragrammaton as well as the ὁ ζῶν in Revelation 1:17?

John 5:26 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; John 5:26 NA27 ὥσπερ γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ ἔχει ζωὴν ...
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John 4:21-22 : Whom does “we” refer to? If Jesus Himself is God (according to the doctrine of Trinity), who is He going to worship?

Jesus said to her, ...; we know what we worship, NKJV) ..., we worship what we know (The Interlinear Bible) ...; we worship what we know (NASB) Can 1 Corinthians 15:28 be taken as a corresponding ...
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Is Jesus personifying the way in John 14:6?

In John 14:6 Jesus says he is the way. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. In English we typically use the word 'way' to ...
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Should the sense of the Greek μονογενής (only-begotten vs unique) in John be understood from Pagan Greek religion or Scripture?

A survey of the use of the Greek word μονογενής (“only-begotten” in KJV, “unique” in NRSV) as documented in BDAG demonstrates that in Scripture, there are no examples where the word means simply “...
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How does the fact that the Father is the “only true God” (Θεός) at J 17:3 in a convertible proposition affect the sense in which Jesus is θεός?

This is not a question as to defining the sense of "the only true God" as asked elsewhere but rather what remaining senses of θεός might apply to His Son. Any bald assertions that Jesus is also "the ...
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Does John mean by “Son of perdition” “Sons of perdition” in John 17:12?

John 17:12, (DRB): While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me have I kept; and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the scripture may be fulfilled. ...
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Meaning of “that my joy may be in you” John 15:11

In English, the word "in" is overloaded, and it's possible to read this in (at least) two ways: Jesus is stating that he will take his joy and somehow inject it into the disciples (like "I put my ...
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What is the force of Jesus' use of the preposition εν in John 14:20?

... εγω εν τω πατρι μου και υμεις εν εμοι καγω εν υμιν [John 14:20 TR, undisputed] ... I (am) in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. [John 14:20 KJV] Previously, Jesus has said (...
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If Jesus really is the Almighty God, How is John 14:12 to be interpreted?

Is it possible for humans to do greater things than the Almighty? John 14:12 New International Version says Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and ...
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What is the central message of John 6:46? Is this passage parallel to John 4:24, Luke 24:39, and Colossians 1:15 (invisible God or God is invisible)?

John 6:46: No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
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Divide the 3 Gospels by Year

Divide the 3 Gospels by Year of Jesus Ministry How would you divide the 3 Gospels by year of Jesus ministry? Gospel of John can be divided between Passover years year 1 (chapters 1-5) year 2 (...
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What does “is Spirit” mean in “God is Spirit”?

John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth". N.K J.V. There is on this site a question regarding this verse which looks at how "Spirit" relates to God and ...
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Acts 10:2, 1 Timothy 3:16 What is the accurate difference between godliness and fearing of God?

I do good and avoid evil because I love God, not because I fear God. What is the accurate difference between "godliness" and "fearing of God"? Can a man be godly and fearing of God in the same time? ...
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What does פִּיו mean in the modern Hebrew translation of διʼ αὐτοῦ in John 1:7?

What does פִּיו mean in the modern Hebrew translation of διʼ αὐτοῦ in John 1:7? The ha-Berit ha-ḥadashah translates ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν διʼ αὐτοῦ 1 as כְּדֵי שֶׁעַל–פִּיו יַאֲמִינוּ הַכֹּל . ...
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Was Jesus referring to Judas when he told Pilate: John 19:11

For this reason, he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” John 19:11 (NASB) 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority [a]over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this ...
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Why John 1:1 in (DRB)(Douay-Rheims Bible) is not literal translation from the Latin Vulgate?

John 1:1 in DRB (Douay-Rheims) is: "... and the Word was God." This is not literal translation from the Latin Vulgate. John 1:1 LV: "...et Deus erat Verbum." I think the literal English ...
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Was Psalm 2:7 fulfilled when Jesus was baptized?

The BDAG states the use of life in John 5:26 means transcendent life of God and Christ: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. (KJV) I ...
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What is the meaning of “the truth” in John 14:6?

"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". E.S.V. Here are three ideas which might be used in an answer to take it from a single ...
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Is John 5:1-15 literal or allegorical?

Is John 5:1-15 literal or allegorical? What is the meaning of (moving the water)?,also, what is the meaning of an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water? How the ...
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What is the best understanding of the use of καί in the beginning verses of John's Prologue?

Many see John's Prologue arranged using a literary device1in which the first two verses are a single thought: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This ...
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When and what did Abraham saw Jesus in John 8:56? [closed]

John 8:56 New King James Version (NKJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” When did Abraham saw Jesus' day? In Genesis 22:4 Genesis 22:4 New King James ...
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The word, וּמִבַּלְעָדָיו, in the Hebrew translation of χωρὶς in John 1:3

Hoping I can ask about a modern Hebrew translation. I'm trying to understand the Hebrew word וּמִבַּלְעָדָיו [from ha-Berit ha-ḥadashah. (2000). (John 1:3). Israel: The Bible Society in Israel. ...

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