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The fourth gospel and the judaic gospel tradition

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There is a growing consensus among scholars who have seriously studied the problem that the Fourth Gospel is a Jewish Christian Gospel revised by a Hellenic Ghostwriter. For this reason the author suggests that the fundamental writing in which the Fourth Gospel is grounded, was the Jewish Christian Gospel of the congregation of Ephesus written by the presbyter John, the author of the Apocalypse of John, who had come from Jerusalem to Ephesus, probably after the capture of the Holy City in 70 A.D. The Fourth Gospel can be very trustworthy as far as historical facts are concerned - it rightly reports that there was no trial of Jesus, but only condamnation by coercitio, as in the case of the later Christian martyrs - and at the same time it is highly personal in the interpretation of these facts.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; Judaic Gospel tradition



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