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The fourth Gospel in the Christian New Testament that is attributed to John the son of Zebedee.

John, Gospel Of

The Gospel According to John (Greek: κατὰ Ἰωάννην εὐαγγέλιον) is the book traditionally placed fourth in the New Testament canon. It is one of four canonical gospels describing the life and teaching of Jesus. Because of its position in the NT canon, John is often referred to as "the fourth gospel." Its authorship is traditionally attributed to John the apostle. For information about who authored this gospel, see "Who wrote the Fourth Gospel?"

While Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known for sharing much in terms of content, style, and structure, The Gospel of John stands out as being unique from them. However, the three Epistles of John as well as the book of Revelation share enough of a common style and content that they are often thought to be related in some way and are collectively referred to as the "Johannine literature."

The Gospel of John opens with a well-crafted prologue. After the prologue the narrative of the gospel begins with the testimony of John the Baptist, followed shortly by the calling of Jesus' first disciples and then a miracle performed at a wedding. The gospel then describes Jesus' public ministry, moving back and forth between Galilee and Jerusalem, climaxing with Jesus raising a man, Lazarus, from the dead. From here, the gospel narrates an extended private ministry to Jesus' disciples as he prepares to leave the world. The gospel ends by narrating his death, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances, including what seems to be epilogue-like material.


  • Barrett, C.K. (1978). The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-6642-2180-5.
  • Brown, Raymond E. (1970) [1966]. The Gospel According to John. Anchor Bible.
  • Carson, D.A. (1991). The Gospel According to John. Pillar New Testament Commentary Series. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8028-3683-0.
  • Culpepper, R. Alan (1983). Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design. Minneapolis: Fortress. ISBN 978-0-8006-2068-4.
  • Dodd, C.H. (1968-05-01). The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-09517-4.
  • Keener, Craig. (2003). John. Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 978-1-565-63378-0
  • Köstenberger, Andreas. (2009). A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God. Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-26986-1.
  • Morris, Leon. (1971). The Gospel According to John. New International Commentary on the New Testament Series. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8028-2504-9

For more information on the Gospel of John see Wikipedia.

Related Tags

Questions about the Gospel of John should be tagged . Not to be confused with other (potential) "John" related tags:

  • —The prophetic figure described in the gospels as Jesus' forerunner.
  • —One of Jesus 12 chosen disciples.
  • —The epistle titled 1st John.
  • —The epistle titled 2nd John.
  • —The epistle titled 3rd John.