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Did the Author of John Know the Other Gospels?

Season 2: Episode 38
Did the Author of John Know the Other Gospels?
Date Aired: 10/22/2023

At first reading, the Gospel of John feels a world apart from the other gospels. The language is different, there are new stories (see our episode on “the woman taken in adultery”) and Jesus speaks about himself in bolder terms (“I am the resurrection and the life”; “I am the light of the world.”) That has led some scholars to argue that the author of John didn’t know the Synoptic Gospels and was instead working from other sources, probably oral traditions about Jesus circulating in the first century CE. Our guest doesn’t buy it. Mark Goodacre, creator of the pioneering biblical studies podcast NT Pod, argues convincingly that the author of John not only knew the other gospels, but wrote his version in direct response to them.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.