Andreas Köstenberger on the Elder John


The Jesus Memoirs

Andreas J. Köstenberger wrote a critical article about Richard Bauckham’s hypothesis about the identity of the Beloved Disciple as the Elder John in ‘The Disciple Jesus Loved’: Witness, Author, Apostle—A Response to Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the EyewitnessesBulletin for Biblical Research 18.2 (2008): 209–231 as well as a review of Hengel’s German monograph. Where do I stand in the debate between Köstenberger and Bauckham?

I agree with Bauckham that Papias distinguished John (the son of Zebedee) in the list of seven disciples from the Elder John. However, I disagree with him that the Elder John is the author of the Fourth Gospel as Papias never explicitly claims this and I do not agree with Bauckham’s reasoning for why Eusebius would omit this. However, I side with Köstenberger that Irenaeus, Polycrates, and the Muratorian Canon believe that the Apostle John, not the Elder John, was the author of…

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