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Gospel of John

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The Gospel according to John is the last of the four Gospels in the Bible. It is the only Gospel which states it was written by an eyewitness to the events described: "the disciple whom Jesus loved", traditionally considered to be the Apostle John, the same person who wrote the book of Revelation and the three Epistles of John.

The Gospel according to John focuses not on Jesus' miracles but on His words and speeches. This makes it different to the 'synoptic' Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—so-called because they take the same view of Jesus' life as each other does.

The early Church historian Eusebius states:

The three gospels already written were in general circulation and copies had come into John's hands. He welcomed them, we are told, and confirmed their accuracy, but remarked that the narrative only lacked the story of what Christ had done first of all at the beginning of His mission.

This tradition is undoubtedly true. Anyone can see that the three evangelists have recorded the doings of the Saviour for only one year, following the consignment of John the Baptist to prison...

We are told, then, that for this reason the apostle John was urged to record in his gospel the period which the earlier evangelists had passed over in silence and the things done during that period by the Saviour, i.e. all that happened before the Baptist's imprisonment; that this is indicated, first by his words, "Thus did Jesus begin His miracles", and later by his mentioning the Baptist, in the middle of his account of Jesus's doings, as then still baptizing at Aenon near Salim; and that he makes this plainer when he adds, "for John had not yet been thrown into gaol"...

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