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Who was the disciple Jesus loved?

The disciple Jesus loved refers tos John, elder son of Zebedee, brother of James, with whom he was called “Sons of Thunder” or “Boanerges”). The author of the Gospel of John mentions himself 5 times as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” in his gospel. 1. “One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,” […]

Which parts of the Bible talk about Peter’s death?

Peter’s death occurred around 66 AD. It is not recorded in the book of Acts, whose narrative only continues into 50s of the first century. It is also not explicitly mentioned in any of the New Testament letters, which were probably all written before 66 AD. There are, however, two allusions to Peter’s death. One […]

What does “pruning” mean in John 15:2?

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2) Gardeners often cut back the early growth on some plants to focus the energies of the plant towards produce more growth. For example, if you prune […]

Who was Simon Peter’s father?

In John 1:42 we read He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). While in Matthew 16:17 Jesus said to him “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!”, meaning Simon son of Jonah. Later, in John 21, Jesus repeated […]

Does Proverbs 8:22 refer to Jesus?

Proverbs 8:22  “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. The writer of this poetry had in his mind that he was personifying wisdom as a beautiful woman who leads men to righteousness and happiness, in contrast to the superficially attractive prostitute described in Proverbs 7 […]

Is John’s baptism invalid?

Further details from the questioner: In Act 19:1-7 we read that Paul baptizes some Brethren who had already been baptized by John, does this make John’s baptism invalid, and if so, what about Christ’s own Baptism? The validity of a baptism depends not on who is the baptizer, but on the person being baptized. Although […]

Why the addition of the Pericope Adulterae into John 7-8?

The story of the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11) is not included in some of the earliest manuscripts. It was included by Jerome in his translation of the NT and so was in place c.380, if not earlier. If this section was not originally part of John’s gospel, is it an authentic testimony about […]