July 4, 2016
New Testament Bible Dictionary Project
The authorship of the fourth Gospel is John the apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of James who identifies himself as â€œthe disciple Jesus lovedâ€(Hindson & Towns, 2015) and written toward the end of the first century A.D. 90 (Gangel, 2000). The primary literary genre is narrative. The purpose of the Gospel of John found in John 20:30-31 which is to convince readers that Jesus is the Messiah the Christ a divine revealer the Son of God (Kysar, 1976). Another purpose of the Gospel of John was to bring unbelievers to faith and to sustain those who are already believers (Kysar, 1976). The key themes are Jesus ...view middle of the document...
His office as forerunner ended when he baptized Jesus.
Samaria, the central portion of the Central Highlands, separated from Galilee by the Valley of Jezreel. The region was fertile, populous, and noted for cities of historical importance such as Shechem, Dotham, and Samaria, the city from which it took its name ( Fant, Musser, Reddish, 2001). Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim were mountains of significance in Samaria because it was there that Moses appointed a public and solemn proclamation of blessing and curse to be made there by the Israelites ( Henry, 2011). The major crossroads area between the coast and the Jordan Valley separated Samaria from Judah and was strategic to the defense of Jerusalem, the capital city of Judah (Fant, Musser, Reddish, 2001). Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom, fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. (Hindson, Towns, 2015). Samaria was part of Herodâ€™s kingdom until he died then his kingdom split between his sons. Archelaus became ethnarch of Samaria. Samaria was part of the Roman province until the outbreak of...