Commentary on the Gospel of St. John Volume 1

9780217196512: Commentary on the Gospel of St. John Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...(aXXot e/e rcov fiaOrjrcov avrov Swo). After all the coincidences which we have just pointed out, is there not every reason to think that those two persons indicated in John xxi. are no other than that Aristion and that Presbyter John who likewise close the enumeration of Papias? But whatever be the case with that last supposition, one fact appears established; that is, the view which Papias held of the evangelical history was formed under the influence of the Johannine narrative much rather than under that of the Synoptics.1 And yet it is alleged that Papias neither knew nor recognised the fourth Gospel! Irenseus mentions an explanation which the presbyters of Asia Minor (in the number of whom Papias occupied for him one of the first places) gave of that expression in the fourth Gospel: "In my Father's house are many mansions."2 That fact demonstrates that our Gospel was known and made use of in the circles in which Papias lived. Finally, it appears from another passage of Irenseus (ii. 22), that those same presbyters related, as receiving it from the mouth of John, that 1 M. Steitz is the first who has pointed out the relation between the enumeration of Papias and the Johannine narrative. Irenteus, Adv. Har. v. 36. Routh, Heliquice sacra, i. p. 12. Jesus had reached the age of 40 to 50. That is evidently an error, which can only he explained by a misconception arising from those words of the Jews in our Gospel (viii. 57): "Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?" How can we, after that, entertain the slightest suspicion relative to the position which Papias took in reference to the Johannine writings? And if we could still entertain a doubt, one fact would succeed in convincing us. That is the use, well...

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Frederic Louis Godet (1812-1900), one of the most influential Swiss Protestant Reformed scholars of his day was educated at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, studied Theology at Bonn and Berlin and was ordained to the ministry in 1836. From 1850 to 1873, he was professor of Biblica Exegesis and Critical Theology at the Theological School of the National Swiss Church of the canton. In 1873, he became one of the founders of the Free Evangelical Church of Neuchatel, professor of New Testament Exegesis in the Free Evangelical Theological School and a firm defender of the Orthodox Christian faith in a growing sea of liberalism. Among Godet's best known writings are Commentary on Luke, Commentary on John, Commentary on Romans, Commentary on First corinthians, Studies in the Old Testament, STudies in the NEw Testament, STudies in Paul's Epistles, and Lectures in Defense of the Christian Faith.

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