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John, Gospel of
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1. Structure and Contents

The main body of the Gospel of John comprises two sections: the public ministry of Jesus (2:1–11:54) and the parting discourses and the passion (11:55–19:42). The prologue, with the story of John the Baptist and the calling of the disciples, forms the introduction (chap. 1), and the resurrection stories form the conclusion (20). Chap. 21 is an addition.

The first section contains narratives, which are often combined with dialogues: the w…

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Koester, Helmut, “John, Gospel of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J190>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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