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March 5: The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple

From now until Pentecost, the Gospel of John will provide most of the Gospel readings for our Sunday services. Anyone who has read the gospels knows that John is different: in style, in structure and even in theology. In John, Jesus does fewer miracles than in the other Gospels, but he talks more about Himself and His relationship with God. John gives us more detailed accounts of Jesus’ conversations and fuller portraits of those who interact with Him, from the Woman at the Well to Pontius Pilate. At times, John also seems to offer a bit of polemical humour at the expense of Jesus’ antagonists. In this Forum, parishioner Bill Tompson provides an overview of the entire book, addressing such questions as form and authorship, and highlighting themes to listen for as we hear it read each Sunday.