Concordia Theological Monthly

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john's gospel, disciple, writer, st. peter, epistles, st. james, authorship

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Some New Testament books contain clear statements as to who wrote them. Oftentimes the author's name is mentioned at the beginning of the book. This is natural when it is an Epistle, for it is usual to specify in a letter both by whom it is written, and to whom it is sent. Most New Testament Epistles begin with the name of the sender and also mention the name or names of those to whom the Letter is addressed. The Epistle to the Galatians, for instance, opens with the author's name: "Paul, an Apostle ... to the churches of Galatia." The writer not only gives his name, but also adds a personal attribute which proves his identity.


History of Christianity

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Revelation 1:9; John 21:20, 24; John 19:35; John 13:23; John 19:26-27; John 20:2; Acts 12:2; John 1:35-51; John 1:40; Acts 3:1; Acts 3:3; Acts 3:11; Acts 4:13; Acts 4:19; Acts 8:14;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars