Who wrote the fourth Gospel? Elaine Miles considers

‘John, whoever he was, wrote good Classical Greek.’

‘Young John evidently came from a fairly well-to-do family.’ | Photo: Jesus and the Beloved Disciple, by John Giuliani, 1996

When I read the commentaries of nineteenth and twentieth century scholars – even the more modern William Temple – it doesn’t seem to matter to them who wrote ‘John’s’ Gospel. They seem to find it of purely academic importance: here are the names, put them in a hat and draw one out. But when you read Shakespeare, it does matter that you know he was an actor, not just someone sitting at a desk. It colours our understanding of the text.

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