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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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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 in ...
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The Son of Jonah / John: Literally, or Metaphorically?

Matthew 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. Then, several verses later : Matthew 16:17  ...
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In John 5:42 was Jesus' statement particularly offensive because it claimed they were not truthful when reciting the Shema?

In John 5:42 Jesus stated: ἀλλʼ ἔγνωκα ὑμᾶς ὅτι ⸉τὴν ἀγάπην τοῦ θεοῦ οὐκ ἔχετε⸊ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς (John 5:42, NA28) But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. (John 5:42, ESV) Why they ...
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What does “I come from” mean in John 8:14?

John 8:14 ESV "Jesus answered, Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from and where I ...
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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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What time of the year did Jesus raise Lazarus?

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to ...
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When is “Christ in you” revealed in a believer?

In Colossians 1:25-27, Paul was given the ministry to the Gentiles to help them see "Christ in you, the hope of glory," and indicates that he strives to help them to this knowledge. Is ...
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Who is the king stated as being, “one is”, in Revelation 17:10, KJV?

Revelation 17:10: And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. (My emphasis) This sixth king (following ...
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Isaac and Jesus described with monogenēs

In Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, The "his only begotten son" reminds me of ...
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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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In John 18:10 why does John note the name of the servant whose ear was cut off?

Unlike the synoptics, John notes the name of the man whose ear was cut off during Jesus' arrest. John 18:10 - Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, ...
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When Jesus states, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί (John 8:58), is he speaking of the period when Abraham was called Abram?

After Jesus took action which resulted in a man blind from birth seeing, a controversy over the man's identity ensues. Near the end of the dispute the man responds to those who are interrogating him ...
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In what sense would Nathanael have “seen” in John 1:51?

In John 1:51, Jesus tells Nathanael that he will "see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man". John 1:49-51 (ESV) 49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, ...
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Did Jesus call the disciples brothers before the resurrection?

[John 20:17] Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God. ...
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Do Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 point to the same identical beginning?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. As an aside, the Chinese translation ...
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What is meant in John 3:13 by *the son of man who's in Heaven* yet He still says 'He came down from Heaven'?

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. What is the meaning of this verse?
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Are the two 'lifes' mentioned in John 5:26 the same?

John 5:26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself. Clearly, in this text, the Father is the one giving life and Jesus the one receiving. It'...
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What did Jesus mean calling the devil a ‘murderer’ ? John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he ...
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Do the Father and the Son share the same life? [duplicate]

John 5:26 New International Version For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. Are these the same life?
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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 significance with the skull of Golgotha?

King James Version. Matthew: And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). Mark: And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a ...
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Is NWT's translation of John 8:58 reasonable?

I already assumed the opposite in an answer to why there are so many Bible translations, on Christianity.SE. Now that we have an expert community, I'd like to check. The translators of the New World ...
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Does the word “immediately” in John 6:21 suggest a supernatural happening?

John 6:21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. Some preachers believe that this was a miracle. Was it?
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Is Jesus' description of the Holy Spirit as “rivers of living water flowing from within” a metaphor for a conscious supernatural experience?

In John 7:37-39 (NIV), Jesus describes the presence of the Holy Spirit inside a person as "rivers of living water flowing from within": 37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, ...
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In John 11:16, what is the meaning of Thomas’ statement: “Let us also go, so that we may die with him.”

In John 11:16, it is written, ΙϚʹ εἶπεν οὖν Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος τοῖς συμμαθηταῖς Ἄγωμεν καὶ ἡμεῖς ἵνα ἀποθάνωμεν μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ TR, 1550 which may be translated as, 16 Then Thomas (who is ...
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What did Jesus likely say in John 8:58?

In John 8:58, the author quotes Jesus: . ..πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί (NA28) ...before Abraham was, I am (ESV) Many have understood this as a claim to divinity, and some translations render ...
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Who are “they” in John 8:33?

In John 8:2 Jesus comes to the temple courtyard and starts teaching: Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. (8:2 ESV) Many ...
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What is the meaning of “fulfill” in John 17:12 and Matthew 26:54?

I think my main concern is more of a philosophical tone, but I think I need some hermeneutical advice before. OK, these are the verses: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: ...
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In what way had Isaiah seen the glory of Jesus?

John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. [KJV] 41These ...
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In John 8:31–44, does Jesus refer to “the Jews who believed in him” as children of the devil?

In John 8:31–44, it is written, 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make ...
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Who are “the Jews” in John's gospel?

Were "the Jews" in John 10:19-21 the same group of people or a different group than the ones mentioned in 10:24-39? Some in vs 21 seem on the verge of believing in Him, while the ones in the second ...
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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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(John 1:39) Where does Jesus Abide?

I'm looking at the Greek of John 1 and the first words spoken by Jesus in that Gospel. I am trying to understand what the author is conveying, theologically, in these opening words. First impressions ...
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Had Abraham actually seen Jesus person to person?

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad. What day is "my day"?
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Was the sixth hour in John 4:6 noon or six p.m.?

Was the sixth hour in John 4:6 noon or six p.m.? This depends on if John used Jewish way for time or the Roman way. Answering this question also depends on which way Mark used for time: According to ...
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In John 21:7, is Peter naked, and does he put on a coat before diving into the water?

John 21:7 reads SBL GNT λέγει οὖν ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ Ἰησοῦς τῷ Πέτρῳ· Ὁ κύριός ἐστιν. Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος, ἀκούσας ὅτι ὁ κύριός ἐστιν, τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο, ἦν γὰρ γυμνός, καὶ ἔβαλεν ...
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If “Jesus is God”, what does it mean when He addresses the disciples as “brethren” in Matt. 28:10 and John 20:17?

Matt. 28:10: “..., “Do not be afraid, Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” John 20:17: “..., Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water”?

In John 3:5, Jesus tells Nicodemus that to enter the kingdom one must be "born of water and the Spirit". How is this phrase understood? Is it a single construct (i.e. one birth of both water and ...
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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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In John 17:6 and John 17:27 what name of the Father did Jesus want to “make manifest” and “declare” to his disciples?

The question is based of Jesus’ prayer recorded at John Ch. 17 in which he made the following statements in verses 6 and 27: KJV John 17: 6 “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest ...
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Jesus is both the good shepherd and the gate - Is it the same parable or two different?

In John 10 Jesus use two images. First he is the gate for the sheep. John 10:7-10 (NIV): Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before ...
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Did Jesus write on stone in John 8:6?

In John 8 (KJV), Jesus stoops down to write something. We are not told what he wrote, but one line of thinking is that he wrote the Ten Commandments with "his finger" on solid stone, just as God had ...
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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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What is the meaning of “your joy may be complete”? How to show it?

John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his ...
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Did Jesus predict that Peter would die by crucifixion in John 21:19?

Jesus said to Peter in John 21:18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else ...
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Did Jesus create wine that the wedding guests got drunk on afterward?

In John 2:10 [Berean Literal Bible] and said, “Everyone serves the fine wine first, and then the cheap wine after the guests are drunk. But you have saved the fine wine until now!” In Galatians 5:21 ...
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Is “again” a better understanding of ἄνωθεν in John 3:31 and is it possible John is saying the One coming again is ὁ ὢν?

In the Fourth Gospel John the Baptist's final testimony contrasts his mission with that of Jesus. In particular he notes the origin of his calling and Jesus' origin: 27 John answered, “A person ...
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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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Is the promise of “works” in John 14:12 only for the apostles or for Christians in all ages?

John 14:8-14 (NIV) says: ⁸Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” ⁹Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? ...
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Where is Cana of Galilee in John 2:1?

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016)....

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