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Did Papias Know the Apostle John?

by Michael J. Kruger

I just received in the mail the latest issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. And I noticed that it contained my review of Monte Shanks’ recent volume, Papias and the New Testament (Pickwick, 2013). (I can’t keep track of when my book reviews appear!).

Seeing this review reminded me of one of the key debates in discussions of the emerging New Testament canon, namely whether Papias, the bishop of Hierapolis in the early second century, knew the apostle John. This is a key question simply because Papias provides one of the earliest explicit references to the gospels of Mark and Matthew.

So, where did Papias get this information from? And can this information be trusted?

 

 

 

Read the entire article here.

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  1. April 28, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I’ve always thought Papias and his relationship to John was fascinating to see the continuity with the Apostolic church and the early Patristics!

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