If the Gospel of John really is, in part, a polemic, then just who was the gospel written against?
In this entry, I propose that the Fourth Gospel contains a multi-front polemic directed towards several groups which can still, at least in a general way, be identified:
- Jews who rejected Jesus and his followers
- the Baptist sect
If the GJohn was written against “the Jews”, does this mean the gospel is anti-Semitic? What contest could John the Baptist’s followers possibly have with the gospel writer’s Christian community? And just what is Gnosticism anyway? Find out these answers and more in this next entry in the Hermes & John audio series, “The Targets of the Fourth Gospel.”
H&J Part 04: