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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 1:1-3, translated pronouns as “him” or “it”? (Neuter or masculine?)

Disclaimer: I don't know any foreign languages except Pig Latin. This is probably a dumb question, but... In Koine, I believe "logos" is a masculine noun. Pronouns for "logos" such as Οὗτος are ...
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Should the disciples be amazed or not at the coming resurrection?

John 5: 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and ...
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When is a person “born of water and the Spirit”? John 3:5

John 3:5 (ESV): 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. According to Jesus, a person must be "born of ...
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My question is where is Jesus in the creation

John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. So now my question is: Is Jesus the son of God because he came to earth or was he the son of God in eternity ...
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What is the name God gave Jesus? John 17:11

Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. BLB Is it actually, literally a name or just an authority to use to accomplish God's work? EDIT: ...
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How might the NIV justify putting “husband” in John 1:13?

John 1:13 "children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God" NIV. Also: NET Bible "a husband's desire". Weymouth N.T. "the will ...
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James converted before or after Jesus' resurection appearance?

In John 7:3-5 (NASB) 3 So His brothers said to Him, “Move on from here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret when ...
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What is this unity?

In John 17:20-23 (NASB) “I am not asking on behalf of these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that ...
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The relationship between wisdom and light

I am trying to understand the relationship between wisdom and light better (as well as logos and "the way"). I am mostly focused around exegesis of the Gospel of John. Jesus is the logos, ...
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Did Paul (1 Cor 14) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:19) share the same concept of 'prophet'?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV): Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or ...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

John 3:1-7 (ESV): Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, ...
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Why did the Samaritan woman use the term, Messiah, in John 4:25?

In Greek New Testament Μεσσίας only occurs twice; both in John. Andrew used it speaking to Peter (1:41) and here. The Samaritans only had the Torah and did not accept the prophets and writings in ...
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Why does Paul say circumcision is by the letter rather than from the patriarchs in Romans 2:29?

Romans 2:29 NASB 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from It is clear circumcision was given to the ...
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What is the meaning and best translation of μονή in John 14:2?

The word μονή in John 14:2 has been translated in multiple ways: My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (NIV) ...
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In John 1:1 why is “The Word” used instead of saying Jesus? [duplicate]

Is there extra meaning or significance in saying “The Word” instead of saying Jesus?
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When is the “ruler of this world” driven out? Jn 12:31

NIV John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince [ruler] of this world will be driven out. In that verse he was speaking about his upcoming crucifixion. But in Ephesians, ...
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The word 'believe' in John 3:15-16

Does the word 'believe' in John 3:15-16 mean to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, or to believe in the message of Jesus: 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved ...
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Why was Jesus not being more patient with Nicodemus in John 3?

New International Version John 3: 1Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a ...
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What does “we are one” mean in John 17:11?

John 17:11 "And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you, Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are ...
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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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How do we reconcile John 5:28-29 (“all who are in the tombs”) with Luke 20:38 (“God of the living”)?

Christ states the following, recorded in John's Gospel: John 5:28-29: “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29and will come forth; ...
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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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In Revelation 22:9, the angel claims to be 'of John's brethren the prophets.' How is this possible?

Revelation 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. How is this ...
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Does John 14:26 explicitly use masculine terms for the Holy Spirit? Do other verses?

The question is: What is the sex/gender of the Holy Spirit per the Biblical pronouns in general and in John 14:26, is it male or neither male nor female? ————— But before answering, please take care ...
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In John 16:13 what is the meaning of “into all the truth”?

John 16:13 (ESV): When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the ...
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What does the phrase "ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ πατρὶ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἐν ἐμοί ἐστιν” mean in John 10:38 as well as John 14:10?

The following texts contain the phrases "ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ πατρὶ” and "ὁ πατὴρ ἐν ἐμοί": John 10:38 (ESV) 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and ...
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How did the council come to its conclusion in John 11:48?

John 11:48 NASB If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. How did the chief priests and the Pharisees come to ...
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Jesus denied being a spirit (Luke 24:39), yet God is spirit (John 4:24). Can we connect the dots and conclude that Jesus is not God?

Jesus denied being a spirit in Luke 24:39: See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you plainly see that I have.” (Luke 24:...
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Does John 21:24-25 indicate John didn't write this Gospel?

The below 2 verses in the Gospel of John seem to indicate that "John" was not the true author of this Gospel. This intertextual proof seems to indicate that it was him because of the usage of ...
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In John 13:26 is Judas supposed to represent Judah?

KJV John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. There seems to be a ...
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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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(John 2:1) The mother of Jesus

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there It seems to me that "the mother of Jesus" is never explicitly named, but always listed as his ...
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Might we infer, based on Peter's divine revelation in Matthew 16:16, that the same happened earlier to Nathanael in John 1:49?

Peter identified Christ in Matthew 16:16 by divine revelation. Can we assume the same occurred to Nathanael in John 1:49? In both the Gospels of Matthew and John, we read of Jesus being identified as ...
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What is John 15:10 really saying?

John 15:10 (ESV): If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have been looking at this verse for more then a week ...
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Who is Mary Magdalene in John 19:25 and John 20?

There are similar questions, but none ask exactly who Mary Magdalene is. John 19:25 lists three other women including Jesus' mother who aren't Many Magdalene: but standing by the cross of Jesus were ...
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If Mary had other sons besides Jesus, why did Jesus assign Apostle John to take care of his mother?

Before Jesus died on the cross, we have in John 19:26: When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” But Mary had other ...
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Why does Jesus use two different verbs when calling someone a servant or a friend?

Does anyone have the explanation as to what the difference in interpretation has to be or the significance for understanding when Jesus uses two different verbs for what the English translates as '...
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Does the Greek of John 20:28 address two persons or one?

I don't know Greek and even less about rules of Greek grammar. Can somebody please help me by reviewing a statement written by a popular Unitarian? Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my ...
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When is the “last day” that is referred to in the book of John?

When is the "last day" that is referred to in the book of John? The Rapture? The Second Coming? A series of "last days'? John 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none ...
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Did some of the disciples lose their salvation in John 6:66?

John 6: 61Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63The Spirit gives life; ...
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What have I to do with thee: John 2:4 vs Mark 5:7

In John 2:4, Jesus asks Mary: Woman, what have I to do with thee (Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί)? My hour is not yet come. In Mark 5:7, the Legion asks Jesus: What have I to do with thee (Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί), Jesus,...
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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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Why is the style and purpose of the prologue of John 1 so unlike that of the rest of the gospels?

The first chapter of the Gospel of John seems to contrast with the rest of the book, in style and purpose. It seems very abstract and poetic, while the rest of John seems to be a more traditional ...
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Which manuscripts indicate the NIV footnote alternative of “Father keep them faithful to your name”?

John 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[a] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may ...
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John 6:29- When Jesus answered, “this is the 'work (ἔργον)”' of God..," Is it a wordplay?

And, how can "πιστεύητε" in Him be "work" (ἔργον)? Text: John 6:28-29 (ESV) 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works (ἔργα) of God?” 29 Jesus answered ...
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In John 15:1, when Jesus said, “I am ‘the true’ (ἡ ἀληθινή) vine,” was the word “true” a random choice or is there any significance?

If it was not, what the possible significance can be deduced? Does ἄμπελος refer the vine tree or the vinyard where vine tree is planted as some commentator suggests? Text:John 15:1 (ESV) “I am the ...
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John 14:16, was Jesus a Paraclete?

John 14:16, (DRB): And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The question is so simple: Was Jesus a Paraclete? I mean, is a Paraclete, ...
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(John 19:28) All things but scripture complete?

I'm looking at John 19:28 where Jesus, on the cross, knew that "ηδη παντα τετελεσται" = "All things are complete/finished/perfect." But then it immediately says, "so that to ...
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What did Jesus mean in John 1:47 regarding Nathanael: “an Israelite indeed”?

There is a curious exchange between Jesus and Nathanael: John 1:47: "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, 'Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!'” (emphasis ...
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John 4:25 Verbatim or scribe added text

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah [#G3323] is coming (he who is called Christ) [#G5547]. When he comes, he will tell us all things.” (John 4:25) ESV. λεγει αυτω η γυνη οιδα οτι μεσσιας ...

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