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Which John Wrote John?

Which John Wrote John?

Episode 50 • Truth Isn't Afraid of Questions

On this episode, Shane walks through some of the internal and external evidence related to his investigation of The Identity of the Beloved Disciple. This builds on some of the ideas introduced on the last episode with Richard Bauckham, but this discussion of the authorship of the Fourth Gospel takes a significantly deeper dive. As you’ll see, the result of this exploration has surprising implications for the authenticity and historical reliability of all four Gospels—and, of course, John in particular.


Recommended Books
The Witness of St. John to Christ, Stanley Leathes (FREE)
The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, Richard Bauckham
Jesus & The Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham
The Identity of John the Evangelist, Dean Furlong
The New Testament in Its World, N.T. Wright & Michael Bird
The Gospel of St. John: A Newly Discovered Commentary, J.B. Lightfoot
John The Son of Zebedee, The Life of a Legend, Alan Culpepper
The Johannine Question, Martin Hengel

Recommended Articles
The Identity of the Beloved Disciple, Shane Rosenthal
Authenticating The Fourth Gospel, Shane Rosenthal
Water Into Wine?, Shane Rosenthal
Outside The Gospels, What Can We Know About Jesus?, S. Rosenthal
Can We Trust Luke’s History of the Early Jesus Movement?, S. Rosenthal
Simon of Cyrene: An Intriguing Archaeological Discovery, S. Rosenthal
Scribes of the New Covenant, Shane Rosenthal
The Parable of Lazarus, Shane Rosenthal
Why Should We Believe The Bible?, Shane Rosenthal

Other Related Resources
Questioning The Fourth Gospel, Humble Skeptic Ep. #49
The Gospels As Eyewitness Testimony, Humble Skeptic Ep. #48
The Jesus of History, Humble Skeptic Ep. #12
Fake or Authentic?, Humble Skeptic Ep. #10
Authenticating the Book of Acts, Humble Skeptic Ep. #24
Faith Founded on Facts (1), Humble Skeptic Ep. #15
Faith Founded on Facts (2), Humble Skeptic Ep. #16
This above episode makes a case for an earlier dating of John’s Gospel

Upcoming Events
• Shane will be discussing the question, “Is Faith Blind & Irrational?” at Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, April 28th at 11 am. For directions, visit the church website:

• Shane will be speaking at the ReThink315 College Camp which will take place on the campus of St. Louis University, July 16-19, 2024.

• On Wed. Sept. 18th, Shane will discuss the question, “Is Faith Blind & Irrational?” at an event in Cedar City, Utah (more details coming soon).

• For more information, or to invite Shane Rosenthal to speak at your next event, send an email to: INFO at HUMBLESKEPTIC dot COM. 

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Shane Rosenthal was raised in a Jewish home but became an atheist at a very early age. Some years later, however, he ended up losing faith in atheism and converted to Christianity. On this podcast, he talks with people from a wide variety of worldviews and perspectives in order to explore the beliefs and ideas that shape our lives.