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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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In John 11:16 did Thomas think Jesus was going to Lazarus by going to Jerusalem to die?

In John 11:16 did Thomas think Jesus was going to Lazarus by going to Jerusalem to die? Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that ...
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Why does Jesus say Judas had perished when he was still alive?

It seems that Jesus is suggesting that Judas had already died before he commits suicide, which we know happens after the betrayal. For some context let me start the quotation from John 17:6. “I ...
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Anyone know why Σιλωάμ in John 9:7 has the μ at the end

Anyone know why Σιλωάμ in John 9:7 has the μ at the end. The Hebrew New Testament (Bible Society of Israel) has הַשִּׁלּוֹחַ (apparently qal passive participle) with no ending m sound from the Hebrew ...
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Does the phrase “i am ascending” in John 20:17 meant it an act in progress?

Does the phrase "i am ascending" in John 20:17 meant it an act in progress which could be completed before Jesus appears to those Jewish disciples who were hiding behind locked doors later that night ...
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Why Gospel of John uses the word “Sign” instead of “Miracle”?

Gospel of Johns stays away from using the word "miracle". Instead the author prefers to uses the word "Sign". The occurrences of the word "Sign" during miracles in the book of John are as below: John ...
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and the truth will set you free Meaning

John 8:31 So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What does mean? Does ...
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Why did the Jews refuse to have dealings with the Samaritans? John 4:9

John 4:9 (NASB) "Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
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Is there a linguistic basses for how to translate John 8:43, or are translations basing their translation on context alone?

Is there a linguistic basis for how to translate John 8:43, or are translations basing their translation on context alone? The following is not meant to be exhaustive, but a sample of the variation ...
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Jesus' words on the Jews

In the Gospel of John there are conflicting descriptions of the Jews. For example: How can Jews be both the children of the devil (see John 8:44) and provide salvation (see John 4:22)?
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Did Jesus make alcoholic wine or grape juice?

I heard someone giving a talk on alcohol and Christianity. One thing that stood out was when they said that the word used for 'wine' at the wedding in Cana (John chapter 2) meant grape juice. When ...
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Does the Tyndale’s version use “if” I’m John 12:32?

The pastor mentioned that the Tyndale’s version KJV 11 uses “if” instead of “when” in John 12:32. The only reference on the internet I found is: And I yf I were lifte vp from the erthe will drawe ...
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When Jesus told Martha if you believe, wasn’t he saying her spiritual insight depended on her belief, not Lazarus’s return to life?

When Jesus told Martha if you believe, wasn’t he saying her spiritual insight depended on her belief, not Lazarus’s return to life? Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you ...
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Is John 3:8 an allusion to Ecclesiastes 11:5?

In John 3:8 Jesus is talking to the Pharisee and senior Jewish figure Nicodemus. "The wind bloweth where it listesth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and ...
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Important facts during the arrest of Jesus, Mark 14:52 [duplicate]

What significance is the naked man in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested, Mark 14:52. he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
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In 1 Timothy 6:16 in what way does Jesus “have immortality” (if indeed he is the referent)?

[1Ti 6:11-16 ESV] (11) But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. (12) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of ...
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In John 12, how are we to understand verses 47 - 50 given the immediate context, ie verses 37-44?

John 12: 37-44 (KJV): 37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, ...
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Is John 17:22 an allusion to Genesis 2:24?

[John 17:21-23 KJV] (21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (22) And the glory ...
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How should we interpret “not because you saw signs” (οὐχ ὅτι εἴδετε σημεῖα) in John 6:26?

How should we interpret “not because you saw signs” (οὐχ ὅτι εἴδετε σημεῖα) in John 6:26? Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but ...
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Was the official (βασιλικὸς) in John 4:46 Roman or Jewish?

Was the official (βασιλικὸς) in John 4:46 Roman or Jewish? So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. (Jn 4:46,...
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Who were the Greeks in John 12:20?

Who were the Greeks in John 12:20? Were these actual Greek nationals or Hellenistic Jews? Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. (John 12:20, ESV) That they came ...
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What is the difference between eternal life and immortality.?

John 17:3 (NASB) 3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." 1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NRSV) 15 "Which he will bring about at the right ...
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In John 7:37 does John link “the last day” with “the last day of the feast”?

There are many places in the OT and the NT of the KJV that refer to "the last days" but there are none in John's gospel. Instead, he uses the singular, "the last day" six times to refer to the day of ...
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How should πῶς οὗτος γράμματα οἶδεν μὴ μεμαθηκώς; (NA27) be translated in John 7:15?

How should πῶς οὗτος γράμματα οἶδεν μὴ μεμαθηκώς; (NA27) be translated in John 7:15? While a similar question was asked at Does John 7:15 mean Jesus was untaught?, the answers to that question did ...
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What did John mean by “second sign” (δεύτερον σημεῖον) in John 4:54?

What did John mean by “second sign” (δεύτερον σημεῖον) in John 4:54? This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee. (John 4:54, ESV) Τοῦτο [δὲ] πάλιν ...
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What might be the symbolic significance of the “fig tree” in John 1:48-50?

John spills a bit of ink describing a seemingly pointless detail about a Jew climbing up a fig tree and Philip calling him from below his fig tree: [Jhn 1:48-50 KJV] (48) Nathanael saith unto him, ...
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Jesus said to take Communion. Is partaking of Communion a requirement for eternal life or is it optional for Believers?

Would those hearing Jesus' words concerning communion have considered them as a commandment? Did the 1st century Christian church consider taking communion a requirement for eternal life? John 6:53-...
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What did “the good wine” (τὸν καλὸν οἶνον) mean in John 2:10?

What did “the good wine” (τὸν καλὸν οἶνον) mean in John 2:10? and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the ...
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Why did Jesus say “we” in John 3:11?

Why did Jesus say “we” in John 3:11? Did Nicodemus understand what “we” meant? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive ...
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When John wrote the other disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2), does this single him out from the other disciples?

When John wrote the other disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2), does this single him out from the other disciples? … to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,… (John 20:2, ...
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Why was it necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria in John 4:4

John 4:4 begins with the Greek word "edei" (meaning: It is necessary) implying that Jesus had to go through Samaria. What situation made it necessary for Jesus to travel through Samaria.
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Why did Jesus delay four days in going to the tomb of Lazarus?

The event of Lazarus death is recorded in John chapter 11. In verse 6 we read that he stayed two days where he was, after learning of his death. "So when He heard that he was sick, He remained ...
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What does πάντα (all things) mean in John 13:3?

What does πάντα (all things) mean in John 13:3? εἰδὼς ὅτι πάντα ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ ὁ πατὴρ εἰς τὰς χεῖρας (NA27) knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands (John 13:3 ESV) While the ...
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What is the sense of μέτρου at John 3:34?

According to John 3:34 how are we to understand μέτρου when describing Gods gift of spirit?
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Why did the disciples lay their coats on the colt during the triumphal entry while others laid theirs on the ground? And other related questions

In the synoptic gospels, all of the accounts depict Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of the colt of a donkey. They make a note that the disciples placed their coats on the donkey (and Matthew's ...
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Why didn’t they just ask Mary?

Why didn’t the Jewish leaders realize that Jesus was from Bethlehem, not Nazareth, originally? Mary “pondered” things, but did she talk about them? Or because she was a woman, would she have not been ...
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Blood and water? [duplicate]

I once saw a movie called A CASE FOR CHRIST. In this I heard that blood separating from water was a side effect of asphyxia. Is there any truth to this?
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Is John 1:1-3 an allusion to Proverbs 8:22-31 LXX?

The idea of the LOGOS being with God and active in creation always seemed to me to be alluding to Genesis 1 where God creates the world by speaking, "Let there be..." and I think that's still valid. ...
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Why does Jesus use two different words for 'see' in John 16:16?

In John 16, Jesus speaks to the disciples about his death and resurrection, and makes a statement that particularly confuses them: Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, ...
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What was Nicodemus supposed to know from the Old Testament about being born again?

“Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?” ‭‭John‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭NASB‬‬ Jesus asks Nicodemus ...
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If Jesus retained Omniscience whilst incarnate why is He surprised by Nathaniel’s Response? [closed]

This is an curious passage to me, that seems at first to agree that Jesus retained His Omniscience because at first “Yeshua saw Natan’el coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true ...
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Does a backslider still have hope?

I read an article,which talks about the present tense of Greek. The article points out that this aspect means the action is continuing and unending. Further, I found the word "believe", in the present ...
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John 20:19 — which day is this in relation to creation week please? [closed]

John 20:19 (Good News Translation) It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came ...
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Was Jesus not sure he could raise Lazarus back to life? [duplicate]

I am still pondering over why Jesus wept in John 11:35 when he knew he would bring Lazarus back to life. Was he not sure he could raise Lazarus back to life? But he earlier told his disciples that ...
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What can be the theological meaning of John 19:34 [closed]

I have done some research, but I want a ‘pedagogical ‘ meaning, what is the message, the positive. Thank you.
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What did John mean by “believe” in John 3:16?

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV What does John mean by "believes" in John 3:16? ...
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Why does St. John urge the believers to not love the same “world/humankind” (1 John 2:15) which God himself loves in John 3:16? [duplicate]

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 kjv) Love not the world, neither the ...
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How to determine scope and applicability of a passage, with focus on John 6:32-51?

What is the scope of the bread of life discourse in John? I have always, along with most commentators I've read, thought it was universal because of terms "world" (33, 51), "he who" and "anyone" (35, ...
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Is the story of Barabbas possibly fabricated?

Note: I believe that the following question is a question of hermeneutics, because exegesis is defined as "a critical interpretation or explanation of the Bible". I would post the relevant passages, ...
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In John 7:23, which law is not broken—circumcision or the Sabbath?

John 7:23 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? NASB, ©1995 Is it ...
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In John 1:14 what does it mean that the LOGOS “became flesh”?

If a lawyer works in England and then goes to the U.S.A. and becomes a lawyer there, they have not changed in that they are the same person but now in different circumstances. Did Jesus change by ...