From the beginning of reading the Gospel according to John one can easily say there is quite some difference between this and the other three Gospels. As mentioned before John begins from the very beginning while Luke and Matthew begin with the narrative and Mark with the ministry. Yet aside from again mentioning the same topics previously discussed, I will begin with some differences from the later part of John’s chapters.
As I first began the assigned reading I quickly came across one topic I had never came across within the other Synoptics. In John 13:5 Jesus pours water into a bowl and begins to wash his disciples’ feet as if he is to serve them for the last time. Luke does touch on this as he is to be a servant to his disciples in Luke 22:27, however does not go into the detail of washing the feet of his disciples.
Other interesting aspects are that of according to John Jesus’ ministry lasted through multiple Passovers or Passover festivals (implying the ministry to be around three years or so). As opposed to Matthew, Mark and Luke the ministry of Jesus appears to be only a year. In addition, to Passover it has been mentioned that the Passover Meal or the Last Supper to be on a Thursday in the Synoptics where as John had declared the Last Supper to be on a Friday.
John does something quite different in his explanation of Christ’s crucifixion. It appears (and correct me if I am wrong) John to believe Jesus was condemned to death at noon on the Day of Preparation rather than Passover itself. The Synoptics contradict this by saying Jesus was crucified at 9AM on the day of Passover. In addition John’s view of the crucifixion (from my understanding) was quick and over with quite soon. As the Synoptics explain, the crucifixion took place and Jesus suffered until his death about 6 hours later.
An interesting aspect with John’s readings includes his statement of his arrest. According to the other books in the bible Jesus is betrayed through... [continues]
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