Gospel of John in Smiths Bible Dictionary
This Gospel was probably written at Ephesus about A.D. 78.
(Canon Cook places it toward the close of John's life, A.D.
90-100. --ED.) The Gospel was obviously addressed primarily
to Christians, not to heathen. There can be little doubt
that the main object of St. John, who wrote after the other
evangelists, is to supplement their narratives, which were
almost confined to our Lord's life in Galilee. (It was the
Gospel for the Church, to cultivate and cherish the
spiritual life of Christians, and bring them into the
closest relations to the divine Saviour. It gives the inner
life and teachings of Christ as revealed to his disciples.
Nearly two-thirds of the whole book belong to the last six
months of our Lord's life, and one-third is the record of
the last week. --ED.) The following is an abridgment of its
contents: A. The Prologue. ch. Joh 1:1-18 B. The History,
ch. Joh 1:19 ... Joh 20:29 (a) Various events relating to
our Lord's ministry, narrated in connection with seven
journeys, ch. Joh 1:19 ... Joh 12:50
1. First journey, into Judea, and beginning of his
ministry, ch. Joh 1:19 ... Joh 2:12
2. Second journey, at the passover in the first year
of his ministry, ch. Joh 2:13 ... Joh 4:1
3. Third journey, in the second year of his
ministry, about the passover, ch. (5:1).
4. Fourth journey, about the passover, in the third
year of his ministry, beyond Jordan, ch. Joh 6:1
5. Fifth journey, six months before his death, begun
at the feast of tabernacles, chs. Joh 7:1 ... Joh 10:21
6. Sixth journey, about the feast of dedication, ch.
7. Seventh journey, in Judea towards Bethany, ch.
8. Eighth journey, before his last passover, chs.
Joh 11:55 ... Joh 12:1 (b) History of the death of Christ,
chs. Joh 12:1 ... Joh 20:29
1. Preparation for his passion, chs. John 13:1 ...
2. The circumstances of his passion and death, chs.
Joh 18:1; 19:1
3. His resurrection, and the proofs of it, ch. Joh
20:1-29 C. The Conclusion, ch. Joh 20:30 ... 21:1
1. Scope of the foregoing history, ch. Joh 20:30,31
2. Confirmation of the authority of the evangelist
by additional historical facts, and by the testimony of the
elders of the Church, ch. Joh 21:1-24
3. Reason of the termination of the history, ch. Joh