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Gospel of John
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Fourth Gospel in the New Testament canon; long recognized as having a special place among the Gospels. Origen described the Gospels as the “firstfruits” of all Scripture and the Gospel of John as the firstfruits of the Gospels. Clement of Alexandria described it as “the spiritual Gospel.”
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
John, Gospel of
John, Gospel of Fourth Gospel in the New Testament canon; long recognized as having a special place among the Gospels. Origen described the Gospels as the “firstfruits” of all Scripture and the Gospel of John as the firstfruits of the Gospels. Clement of Alexandria described it as “the spiritual Gospel.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
John, The Gospel of
JOHN, THE GOSPEL OF. The fourth of what are now the canonical gospels was attributed to John, a disciple of Jesus, as early as the last quarter of the 2d century. Irenaeus clearly identifies the “disciple whom Jesus loved” with the author of the Fourth Gospel (haer. 3.1.2), and the Muratorian Canon speaks
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
John, Gospel of
JOHN, GOSPEL OF The fourth Gospel.PreviewAuthorDate, Origin, and DestinationBackgroundPurpose and Theological TeachingContentAuthor At the end of this Gospel we are told that it was written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 21:20, 24), but unfortunately the book nowhere tells us who
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
John, Gospel according To
John, Gospel According to, the fourth Gospel in the nt.Contents: The Gospel of John opens with a poetic prologue describing Jesus as the Word of God made flesh (1:1–18). It continues with an account of how John the Baptist testified to Jesus as the “Lamb of God” (1:19–34) and how his first disciples
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
John, Gospel of (Writing)
JOHN, GOSPEL OF. The fourth Gospel of the NT regarded by many as the most profound book in the NT. Simple in language and structure, it is nevertheless a deeply perceptive exposition of the person of Christ in a historical setting.ThemeLike the Synoptic Gospels (see Gospels, Synoptic), the Gospel of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
John, Gospel Of
John, Gospel ofThe fourth book in the NT. It tells how the Word of God became flesh in Jesus of Nazareth, who revealed God’s glory and love through his words and actions. He was crucified for the sin of the world and raised that people might receive everlasting life through faith in him.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
John, Gospel of (Writing)
John, Gospel of. †The last of the four Gospels and the fourth book of the New Testament.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
John, Gospel of (Writing)
John, gospel ofThe Gospel of John has long been prized by Christians for its distinctive portrayal of Jesus. John characterizes Jesus as the light* of the world; way, truth* and life*; resurrection*; vine*; good shepherd*; and bread* of life. John presents extensive narrative and sayings material found
Catholic Bible Dictionary
John, Gospel Of
JOHN, GOSPEL OF The fourth Gospel of the New Testament, traditionally ascribed to the apostle John, the son of Zebedee. Its structure, style, and contents are oftentimes different from those of the three Synoptic Gospels. The most theologically rich and complex of the Gospels, John gives us a clear and
Key passages
Jn 1:1–18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life …

Jn 3:16

For in this way God loved the world, so that he gave his one and only Son, in order that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life.

Jn 8

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning he came again to the temple courts. And all the people were coming, and he sat down and began to teach them. Now the scribes and the Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And standing …

Jn 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jn 14:16–17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, in order that he may be with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see him or know him. You know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.

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