God Feeds the Ravens
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Is this now in doubt?In 1934, a fragment of John 18 was found, dated at 125AD.
"For some time it was common practice to assert that the Rylands Library Papyrus P52, which contains a small portion of chapter 18 of John's gospel, demonstrated that the text of the Gospel of John spread rapidly through Egypt in the second century. However, more recent scholarship has shown the fragment may date from as late as the third or fourth century, rather than the second century, as was previously supposed"
Wiki Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorship_of_the_Johannine_works#cite_note-16
- Don Barker, "The Dating of New Testament Papyri," New Testament Studies 57 (2011), 571-582.
To me the fact that your take is just as valid as any other, demonstrates the universality of Christ. It works for everybody?Hi- I’ll say this then exit as type of discussion isn’t my cup of tea.
I understand John to be the spiritual gospel.
God has a four fold nature- physical, moral or ethical, mental and spiritual. The four fold theme is seen through all spiritual systems of training.
Anyhoo, John is the spiritual, where there is identification as I AM.
I am the light of the world
I am the vine
I and my father are one, etc.
So it is us that must identify as I AM. (We don’t want to identify as the branch.)
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
Not to poo poo scholars, but I don’t believe anyone knows who wrote what and when.