by Richard Mansel
The Gospel of John is a treasure that has enriched the lives of many readers. For the novice it provides an intimate portrait of our Lord while for the seasoned, the “I Am” statements become wells of undetermined depths.
John has opened the shutters on the Lord in ways that no one else has. From his words, we can learn more about our Savior and by extension, His Father. However, before we examine this majestic work and its themes we must consider the pertinent question of authorship.
Determining the author of the Fourth Gospel is a challenging task for the Bible student because to depend on scholars is to wander in the morass of opinion and theory. Raymond Brown puts it this way. “It is notorious that many Biblical scholars are also passionate readers of detective stories. These two interests come together in the quest to identify the author of the Fourth Gospel.”