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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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If Thomas at John 20:28 was speaking in Aramaic, what are the options for what he originally said?

At John 20:28, Thomas famously exclaims "My Lord and my God!" This could be translated in different ways. In particular, 'Lord' is ambiguous (Adonai or Adoni?) and 'God' is ambiguous (God or ...
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How accurate is the New World Translation bible?

How accurate is the New World Translation Bible? My grandfather is a Jehovah's Witness and told me that the NWT bible that the Watchtower Society has produced is one of the most accurate translations ...
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In the beginning was the word, it was God, but what was it? Can we perceive living Truth? [closed]

John 1:1 uses the term "Word" It also states God was the word... CAN ONE PERCEIVE THE DIVINITY WITHIN ONESELF, IF MAN'S "GOD CREATED IMAGE",WAS AN EVER-GROWING FREQUENCY OF ...
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The Father sent the Son so is He not greater?

This passage in hebrews is in my mind as I ask this question. It says God could swear by none greater and Jesus says multiple times that the Father is greater. Hebrews 6:13 KJVS For when God made ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

I am really scratching my head on this verse. John 15:22, “If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.” It seems from the ...
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In John 9:10 why didn't the blind man make the connection between his healing,Jesus and Son of Man?

John 9:10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and ...
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In John 11:2 why did John reference Mary anointing Jesus’ feet before this occurred in chapter 12?

In John 11:2 why did John reference Mary anointing Jesus’ feet before this occurred in chapter 12? It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother ...
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Was the Samaria water really considered more impure than pig's blood? [closed]

I am working on an analysis of the elements of impurity present in John 4:1-42 (the Samaritan woman) and came across this simile which was apparently used by first century Jews. Unfortunately no ...
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John 18:5 The Great I AM has become I am he

In John 18:5 are the majority of the translation erroneously in agreement and has [he] added into the vers. They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which ...
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can Nisan 15 be referred to as "the sabbath"?

6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall ...
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Did Jesus change his view on preaching to Gentiles?

In John 10:16 Jesus says (ESV quoted): And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. The ...
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How does "the day of judgement" in Matthew 10:15 compare with "is condemned already" in John 3:18?

Matthew 10:15 "Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgement for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town". ESV My emphasis. John 3:18 "Whoever ...
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What did Jesus mean by "unless someone is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God"?

John 3:3 reads: unless someone is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (NASB) What is meant by this?
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What does John 3:16 mean by "perish"?

John 3:14-16 (ESV): 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world,...
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What is the spiritual meaning of the fish fragments not being gathered in John 6:13?

John 6:13 KJV Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. It is said the ...
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Will the righteous be judged 2 Cor 5:10 or will they not John 5:24?

In John 5:24 it seems like believers will not be judged, while 2 Corinthians 5:10 speaks of all being judged and to stand before Christ on the judgement seat. “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who ...
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Are John 15:1-11 and Revelation 3:14-22 referring to the same group of people?

I find striking similarities between John 15:1-11 and Revelation 3:14-22: John 15:1-11 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he ...
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What external evidence do we have for who wrote the Gospel of John?

It seems the Gospel of John was written in the late 80s or early 90s. If John was around Jesus age when they both met, then he would have been 80 or 90 years when writing it. In that time, people ...
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Who asks nothing in my name in John 16:24, and why is joy referenced specifically?

During the reading of John 16:24, I came in contact with something quite "strange", why does Rabbi Yeshua (who is Jesus Christ) speaks? 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, ...
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Is the Son sealed, by the Father, 'as God' (John 6:27)?

... τουτον γαρ ο πατηρ εσφραγισεν ο θεος. [John 6:27 TR, undisputed] ... this he for the father did seal the deity. [Literal] ... for him did the father seal even God. [YLT] If one removes the ...
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Is there a contradiction between John 6:44 and Matthew 22:14?

John 6:44 (ESV) 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. Matthew 22:8-14 (ESV) 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast ...
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Is there any significance behind Jesus' use of the word "love" in "John 21:15-17"

In John 21:15-17 (ESV), we read: 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that ...
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Is John 7:38 a paraphrase of OT scripture?

Similar question: Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from? Is it possible that Jesus paraphrased OT scripture in John 7:38? “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried ...
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Why was the phrase "..as though he heard them not." deleted from many versions of Jn 8:6?

We find that John 8:6 is phrased in different terms in different versions, for example: NIV: They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down ...
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(John 19:19, Hebrew) was YHWH written on the Cross?

I was just reading a few stories pointing at medieval art that conceived of what was written in Aramaic on the cross and that Pilate had put the four words "Jesus the-nazorean, and-king of-the-jews". ...
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No one has seen the father John 1:18 & John 6:46

If no one has seen the Father according to Jesus Himself “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭ And “not that anyone has seen ...
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What did Jesus imply in John 11:9,10?

"Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, ...
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What is the most accurate English translation of John 16:25 with respect to “figurative language”?

I understand that the definition of παροιμία (paroimia) in John 16:25 is: “a by-word, proverb, adage, 2 Pet. 2:22; in NT an obscure saying, enigma, Jn. 16:25, 29; a parable, similitude, figurative ...
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Is the use of ἀγάπη (agape) and ἀγαπάω (agapao) evidence the Gospel and Letters of John were written from Ephesus?

John reports Jesus gave a new command which would identify followers of Jesus Christ: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love (ἀγαπᾶτε) one another; as I have loved (ἠγάπησα) you, that ye ...
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Do Jesus and Paul share the same doctrine of salvation?

Based upon John 14:21, love for Jesus is not merely a belief in Him: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I ...
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Why did the detachment of soldiers and the police fall to the ground during Jesus' arrest in John 18:6?

John 18:1-6 (NRSV): 1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, ...
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When does eternal life begin? When we believe in the Son (1 John 5:11-12, John 3:36, 5:24) or on Judgement Day (Matthew 25:31-46)?

According to the Apostle John, eternal life begins when we believe in the Son: 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God ...
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John 6:37 - What is meant by "Father gives me"?

John 6:37: All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. You might see my question about John 12:32 and can probably guess where I am going with this ...
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Are Paul (Romans 10:11-17) and Jesus (John 6:44) describing different methods or different aspects of a single method to win souls?

Romans 10:11-17 (ESV) 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, ...
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Imperfect Indicative Active in John 1:1-4

John 1:1 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any ...
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If Jesus is the "true" vine (anti-type), who or what is the "untrue" vine (type)?

In John chapter six Jesus declares many times that he is the bread of life that comes down from heaven, from the Father. In a lengthy discourse, Jesus establishes two main things: 1) The Father ...
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Why did Christ initially reveal himself to Mary only in John 20?

The author of the gospel of John tells us that after having been informed by Mary that Christ is risen the disciples(one of them Peter) went to the tomb and only saw the face cloth and linen wrappings ...
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John 1:20 Why the triple emphasis on the confession?

John 1:20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” Why is it that it is so stressed here that John confessed,and did not deny, but confessed? What is the motivation for ...
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Is Jesus implying his preincarnate existence in John 17:5?

John 17:5 (NRSV): So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. Is Jesus implying that he existed before the world was created, ...
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Why in the Greek "ton patera/the Father" John 14:16 with article, but "patros/the Father" John 1:14 without an article?

John 14:16 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever". ESV. [ton patera/the Father]. John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt ...
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Did Jesus have actual marks or holes in his hands and side after his resurrection? John 20

Being the Easter season I was reading this section a couple weeks ago and noticed something. I'm not sure if the passage is saying Jesus had actual holes or marks in his hands and/or side. All I can ...
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Does faith precede miracles or do miracles precede faith? [closed]

Several passages seem to present faith as a precondition for miracles: 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your ...
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Does John 14:12 teach that every believer will do greater works than Jesus?

John 14:12 (NASB), says: Truly, truly I say to you, the one who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I am going to the Father. ...
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Time of Jesus' crucifixion in relation to the Passover

John 19:14 seems to indicate that Jesus had been arrested, and brought before the priests, and then Pilate, and was then being sent for crucifixion on the day of preparation for the Passover. Now it ...
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In John 12:20-26 why does John include the account of the Greeks wanting to see Jesus?

20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus....
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Did the crowd in John 8: 1-9 really carry stones to throw at the adulterous woman?

We read in John 8: 1-7 : Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had ...
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Why does everyone in John misunderstand Jesus?

Jesus seems to be misunderstood pretty consistently throughout the Gospel According to John: John 2:19-20 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They ...
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The meaning of παρασκευή ('day of preparation')

Background I realise that the word παρασκευή has a wider range then just a reference to a day, for example Eph 6:15 is not a reference to a specific day however it is the understanding of this term ...
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Why does Mary Magdalene refer to Jesus as "my Lord"?

The author of the gospel of John has Mary Magdalene refer to Jesus when speaking to the angels in the tomb as "my Lord" (Jn 20:13). But when she reports to the twelve, she uses the term &...
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Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, the life (Jn 14:6) - What is the significances of each and implication in their order?

In the immediate context (Jn 14:1-7), is Jesus saying an evangelism message - how to be saved, or the way of Believers -how should then believers live until entering the kingdom of heaven? Text: John ...

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