Notes on John’s Gospel

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I’m thinking about taking a slow walk through the Gospel of John, but I don’t think I want to just do a theological study, although I probably won’t be able to completely expunge “theology” from what I want to say. I simply wish to speak from my heart. I may spend several blogs on one chapter; hey, I may spend several blogs on one verse; I don’t know. But, whatever I do, I want this to come simply from my heart. Just talking about Jesus, what he said and did, and what that means to me or how it has affected me. I will still write about other things, like theological study, apologetics etc., but these will be in addition to my notes on John. May the Lord bless my effort and all who read what he has blessed.


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6 responses to “Notes on John’s Gospel

  1. Eddie

    November 24, 2015 at 17:51

    Dr. Eyzenberg, greetings and thanks once again for stopping by my blog.

    I understand your argument, but I remain unpersuaded. I don’t see a pagan site working in Jerusalem in the context of Josephus’ remarks concerning the Roman ensigns. What argument could the priests have concerning these pagan images, if they permitted pagan worship in the shadow of the Temple. For me at least, it doesn’t make sense.

  2. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

    November 24, 2015 at 13:50

    Hi, Eddie. (I am replying to your comment to mine) :-). It was outside of the Temple walls. Qumran critique of the pharisees letting the “wicked ones of the gentiles” to take over Jerusalem does fit well among many other things in the city at the time that sought to show Jerusalem as a Roman city Judean style or a Judean city Roman style. The actual site (Pool of Bethesda) in fact has an inscription stating that it was Asclepion (its about 20 miters away in the complex is inside of St. Anna Catholic Church best I remember in East Jerusalem). (The inscription is later, so there is no bullet proof to my suggestion, but an intriguing possibility only, since places like that tend to be renovated.)

  3. Eddie

    September 27, 2015 at 14:35

    Greetings Dr. Eyzenberg. I approved your link to your website, and I read a little of your book (chapter 5), the healing that took place at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5. I admit that I’ve heard that this pool concerned pagan interests, but I didn’t believe it. I still don’t. The reason I question such an understanding is that Josephus claims Pilate had taken the Roman standards by night into the Antonia. When the Jews learned of it, they protested and were willing to die in protest, if Pilate chose to kill them. Instead, Pilate relented and took them away to Caesarea. On another occasion Vitellius, the Roman governor of Syria at the time of the death of Caesar Tiberius, was met by the leading priests of Judea who asked him not to march through their land bearing the same type of ensigns Pilate had taken into the Antonia. He relented and had his armies march in a different direction (preparing for war with King Aretas). Why would the Jews be so concerned over the Roman ensigns being carried through their land or being stored in the Roman fort, Antonia, when they seemed so unconcerned over the pagan worship taking place in the shadow of the Temple walls?

    It doesn’t make sense.

    Do you care to comment?

  4. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

    September 27, 2015 at 10:42

    Hello, Mike, it is possible that this sites on John’s gospel (The Jewish Gospel of John) may be of some interest to you.

  5. Eddie

    October 21, 2013 at 09:41

    Hello Mike, and thanks for reading and for your comment. I went to you site and read a little, but I didn’t see where it was leading. Perhaps I didn’t give it enough time (didn’t read enough), or maybe I’m just too obtuse. I fail to understand how this either changes the meaning of the Scripture as written or opens up a new meaning hidden therein. Would you comment and help me to know whether or not I’m on the right track, or if you intended something else for us to see.

    Lord bless you.

  6. onlyinparables

    October 21, 2013 at 09:05

    It will be of interest to you that the John gospel is written in a well-defined, invariable, teaching literary form. There is an example of that literary form in the John gospel on the tutorial given at


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