ABSTRACT

The question of the authorship of the Fourth Gospel is one of the most interesting in the study of ancient literature. The Gospel commences with a Prologue of fourteen verses, the general style of which is not quite like anything else in the Bible. With reference to the baptism, the narrative of the Fourth Gospel is perhaps even more striking than those of the synoptic evangelists. The Fourth Gospel makes the call come first to two disciples, one of whom remains anonymous, but the other of whom was Andrew, who thereupon sought out Peter, Saying “We have found the Christ”. The writers of the synoptic Gospels represent the earthly mission of Jesus as being almost exclusively Galilean: they give us to understand that he visited Jerusalem but once, that is to say a few days before his death. The Fourth Gospel is peculiar in giving us details as to a very remarkable occurrence which took place after the resurrection.