The Book Of Revelations: The Gospel Of John

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Jesus then tells John to write down everything he sees and hears and to give it to the Seven Churches of Asia. Each church would get a special gift if they follow what John tells them. What John then describes afterwards is extremely confusing. Most likely it is a depiction of the end of the world. It could also be the depiction of events that took place before or after the time of this books publication. To continue with the description of the book, John opens seven seals. The first four seals are different horses that represent different things. The next three seals describe violent earthquakes and other natural disasters. Then angels come down and get seven trumpets and then one angel uses a “golden censer” filled with fire and throws it …show more content…
First off John’s Gospel is different from the three other Gospels. The other three Gospels are called the Synoptic Gospels. John’s Gospel is not a Synoptic Gospel. There are a few reasons for this. First off John’s Gospel analyzes Jesus’ life differently. The Synoptic Gospels analyze Jesus’ life more historically. They are much more cut and dry. John tries to find the deeper meaning of Jesus’ life. He tries to interpret the many things Jesus did. According to the Associates for Scripture Knowledge (ASK) “there is a fully developed theological position presented on every major event in the life and teachings of Christ. In fact, John’s account is a thoroughgoing interpretation of Christ’s life rather than a simple historical narrative.” This means that John tries to interpret Jesus’ life compared to the more straightforward approach of the Synoptic Gospel. There are another few differences described by Stanley E. Porter in his book titled “John, His Gospel, and Jesus.” Porter says John uses diction only used in his community. Porter also says John also uses lengthy discourses unique to them. However Porter does argue that John’s Gospel is not completely different then the other three. He said the 4 Gospels share many of the same stories. Another book called “Historical Jesus” written by Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz breaks down the …show more content…
Just like the Book of Revelations Tradition says John did indeed write the Gospel of John. Some say that the Gospel was written after John’s death therefore making it impossible for him to write it. According to Rylands Library the oldest papyrus fragment of St. John’s gospel was written in the first half of the 2nd century. John most likely died before that. This makes many people doubt he wrote it. ASK says that it is probably a late composition because “there is a fully developed theological position presented on every major event in the life and teachings of Christ. In fact, John’s account is a thoroughgoing interpretation of Christ’s life rather than a simple historical narrative.” A book called “Discovering John by Ruth B. Edwards says there may have been many editions of the Gospel of John. So a plausible theory was that John started the Gospel, died and then one of his followers finished it. Another plausible theory is that John did write and finish the Gospel, but then his followers revised and edited after he died. However most scholars think John did write the Gospel, because the writing fits John’s unique writing style. Also there is still a chance that John was alive by the date that papyrus in the Rylands Library was written. Most likely John wrote and finished the Gospel and he is the true

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