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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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Simon the leper and Simon the Pharisee are one person and Mary of Bethany is not the woman of ill-repute with alabaster jar [closed]

The Hebrew Roots Bible denotes Simon in these events of the women anointing Jesus as Simon the potter. In Aramaic the name Simon is Shimeon for the Pharisee and for the potter. Is it possible that ...
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In the gospel of John is it reasonable to make the following connection?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭ The Word was God “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” ‭‭John‬ ‭17:17‬ ‭ God’s Word is ...
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What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 5:8 away from the body and at home with the Lord? [duplicate]

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. This verse is often quoted by pastors to prove that as soon as we have died, we will be ...
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In John 13:23-25, is Jesus reclining at dinner cuddling with “the disciple that he loved” an intentional dismissal of Leviticus 18:22? [closed]

Is this behavior a dismissal of the proscription of Leviticus 18:22? [Jhn 13:23-25 NKJV] (23) Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. (24) Simon Peter therefore ...
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Why Douay-Rheims Bible translated both “rogo” and “orate” as “pray”?

Luke 22:46, (DRB): And he said to them: Why sleep you? arise, pray, lest you enter into temptation. Luke 22:46, (Latin Vulgate): et ait illis quid dormitis surgite orate ne intretis in temptationem ...
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Interpretation of John 8:32

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 I've read that the truth is sin which allows for freedom (does this mean we shouldn't be free?), another explanation is the ...
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How to reconcile Genesis 22:2 and Jeremiah 7:31 on human sacrifice?

Genesis 22:2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you." ...
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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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Jesus went to the festival in secret in John 7:10. What is the meaning of “in secret”? [duplicate]

John 7: 5 For even His own brothers did not believe in Him. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 14 Not until halfway through the ...
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John 7:27 — “when the Christ comes, no one knows where he is from”

In John 7:26–27, it is written, 26 “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? 27 However, we know where this Man is from; but ...
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How to reconcile Jeremiah 3:8 and Mark 10:4 on the certificate of divorce?

Jeremiah 3:8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Mark 10:2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to ...
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Which feast is mentioned in John 7:8?

John 7:8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.
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Is there any textual evidence that Jewish authorities in Jesus' time have considered praying the 'Our Father' blasphemous?

In John 5:18, it says "Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God." (NKJV)...
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Was the empty tomb unclean after the resurrection?

Was the empty tomb unclean according to Jewish purity laws? New tombs were not yet graves and not yet sources of uncleanliness. But once a body was put into the tomb, it became a family tomb or ...
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In John 15:1, why did Jesus call himself “the [very] vine” rather than “the branch”?

Several times in the Old Testament, the Messiah is referred to as “the branch,” or Hebrew צֶמַח (tzemach): Isa. 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of ...
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What is the glory in John 17:22?

John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. glory δόξαν (doxan) Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular Strong's Greek 1391: From the base of ...
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Paul in 1 Timothy 3:16 recognized that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. Who was the first to realize the same thing? [closed]

Here are a few candidates: John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth....
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Is εἰμί (and thus ἦν) always a stative verb? Or, is ἦν a substantive verb in John 1:1a (ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος)?

This question is based on a comment on this post to this question. In the comment, it was denied that the verb ἦν in John 1:1a (viz., ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος) is functioning as a substantive verb. It was ...
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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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What reasons are there to believe 'comforted' in the 2nd Beatitude relates to 'the Comforter' in John 14:26?

The second beatitude as given in Matthew is "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (KJ) In John 14:26, Jesus speaks of a comforter. "But the Comforter, which is the ...
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Who is, or are the correct referent(s) of the pronouns in John 1:3-4?

The Fourth Gospel begins: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 This One was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came-into-being through Him, ...
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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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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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Is John 10:30 intended to evoke the Shema?

In John 10:30, Jesus states, "I and the Father are one." The Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4 says "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one." At least on the surface both look somewhat similar. ...
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Was the Beloved Disciple laying on Jesus's Lap?

There are two different words used in the Gospel of John for anatomy of the front of the body. My question is about the first, "κόλπος," used in two places. Should it be translated "...
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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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Greek New Testament data sets to download?

I want to capture the text of John with only strong's numbers, or some other more complicated data format. For example, I'd like to have John 1:1 at least as: 1722 746 1510 3588 3056 2532 3588 ...
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What is the meaning of oneness in John 17:21?

John 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us. Are we part of the Trinity now? Has this been fulfilled already? Will Jesus pray for ...
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compare / contrast Jesus' baptism with John's [closed]

Jesus' baptism with the Spirit is compared/ contrasted on purpose by John. What is his purpose in doing so?
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In John 6:63, did Jesus prescribe a hermeneutic approach? [closed]

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. I used this approach in my answer to ‭Translation of the word ...
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The text says that the Word is in the beginning at John 1:1 but God is not said to be in the beginning. Is there grammatical evidence that God was?

The text says that the Word is in the beginning at John 1:1 but God is not said to be in the beginning. Is there grammatical evidence that God was? We also find that the Son is the beginning at ...
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How to reconcile cheek slaps in Matthew 5:39 and John 18:23?

Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. John 18:23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as ...
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What is “the truth” referring to in John 3:21?

John 3:21 (NASB): But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” What does "the truth" mean in the context of this passage, ...
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According to the Fourth Gospel, did the Father become known as such only after the Word left?

In the beginning of the Fourth Gospel there is no mention of the Father, the Son, or the Spirit: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the ...
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Was John criticizing the synoptics in Gethsemane?

Here are three synoptics' takes on Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane: Matthew 26:38-39, "“I am deeply grieved, even to death;” ...“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what ...
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What are these earthly things and heavenly things in John 3:12

John 3:6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly ...
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In John 11:33 what does ἐνεβριμήσατο τῷ πνεύματι καὶ ἐτάραξεν ἑαυτὸν mean in this context?

How you translate the verbs in ἐνεβριμήσατο τῷ πνεύματι καὶ ἐτάραξεν ἑαυτὸν in 11:33 affects how you interpret the surrounding verses, especially when answering the question why did Jesus weep (11:35)....
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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? [closed]

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 ...
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What logical, biblical or exegetical reason is there for referring to the 'Word' as Jesus before Jesus was born? [closed]

In John 1:1-3 we read of 'the Word' - in the beginning, was with God etc. The Word becoming flesh happened around 4 BC (give or take) Can we justifiably say, infer or imply, 'In the beginning was ...
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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 in ...
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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? [closed]

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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