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John, Son of Zebedee
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(the Disciple). Joḥanan was a common Hebrew name meaning “God has been gracious.” Zebedee (Zebedaíos) means “gift of Yahweh” or “Yahweh has given.” John and his brother James were fishermen (Mark 1:19). Their mother, who may have been named Salome (Mark 15:40), is listed as one of the women at the cross (Matt 27:55–56). John is among the first four in the lists of the twelve (Mark 3:17; Matt 10:2; Luke 6:14, and Acts 1:13). In the Synoptic Gospels, John is one of the three disciples closest to Jesus (Mark 5…

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Culpepper, R. Alan, “John, Son of Zebedee”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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