I offer you this action-packed Sheaving I wrote some time ago on the question “Is John the Author of His Gospel?”
The link was busted but I fixed it.
Psst: Mark! Typo in that link.
http://www.mark-shea.com/john.html%E2%80%8E <– trailing junk breaks the link
See if it works now.
Yup, it works.
I’m getting a ‘file not found’ when I click the link
people can remove the characters after html and it works.
I think the whole fuss is a bit silly. “John the Evangelist” means “John the Gospel Writer,” so if John the Gospel Writer didn’t write a Gospel then he isn’t John the Gospel Writer. But we’re talking about John the Gospel Writer. Therefore, he didn’t not write a Gospel. QED.
Thanks, Mark. See also here: http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2012/05/on_the_authorship_of_the_fourt.html
It amazes me that so many “scholars” deny a case as airtight as John’s authorship of his Gospel. It’s rare to ever have such an insurmountable weight of evidence confirming the authorship of any work, and when you consider the enormous conspiracy it would take to produce such consensus of John’s authorship among his contemporaries and direct disciples if he hadn’t authored it (heck, John himself would basically have to be in on it), and the evil genius it would take for the non-John author to produce so much subtle-but-telling internal evidence, the whole thing immediately becomes ludicrous.
It seems that critical “scholars” think lunatic tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories involving hundreds of people become reasonable and compelling if they are just placed more than a couple hundred years into the past.
Ultimately, I think this is an indication of the strength of John’s testimony. If the author is who the book presents him as, then Christianity is true full stop, so those who don’t wish to believe *have* to find some way around it, no matter how ludicrous.
In any event, the extremes to which they’ll go to reject John’s authorship of John give a pretty good indication of just how much stock to put in their arguments on matters that aren’t quite as thoroughly nailed down.