He admits that many accept that John - 'The Word became flesh' - was 'added by the redactor as an attack on the opponents of I John' (1979, 109) but continues to write as if there were no revision of the Fourth Gospel. Cerinthus was "educated in the wisdom of the Egyptians, taught that the world was not made by a primary God, but by a certain Power far separated from him...
Two other passages are advanced as evidence of the same - and . does not claim that the author was the one who witnessed the scene but only that the scene is related on the sound basis of eyewitness.temple] and our nation." Finally, there is no mention of the Sadducees, which reflects post-70 Judaism.The retort that there is also no mention of scribes misses the mark, as the Pharisees represented the scribal tradition, and the Pharisees are mentioned. But the earliest known usage of John is among Gnostic circles.919) Kysar also observes on the dating of the Gospel of John: "The earliest date for the gospel hinges upon the question of whether or not it presupposes the destruction of the Temple in 70 C. Most agree that it does, although there have been persistent attempts to argue otherwise.
The reasons for positing a post-70 date include the view of the Temple implicit in -22.
is part of the appendix of the gospel and should not be assumed to have come from the same hand as that responsible for the body of the gospel.