The gospel of John is often viewed as the beginning of hostility between mainstream Judaism and the early Jesus movement. Although the purpose of this letter is not clear, it does contain a significant role for the Jewish leaders. Seventy-eight times the text uses the term Jews (or Ioudaioi). Although it is not always clear why this phrase was used in the text, it refers to Jewish leadership within Judea.
In the fourth gospel, Jews are mentioned several times, and John is very specific about defining his disciples. The disciples of Jesus are distinguished from the Jewish people, as are the Greeks. In contrast, Paul makes clear distinctions between the two groups. This is the most scholarly view of the text. In this work, I focus on how John refers to the Jews. First, I want to point out that the Fourth Gospel does not make any specific reference to Jews. This is a major problem in the text of this book.
John’s gospel is often called the “Jews” because the author made sure to include the Jewish people in the text. Jesus was opposed by the Jews. They were the ones who rejected His claim of being the Messiah. And this is not surprising since the blind man’s parents were Jewish. So the text was clearly written by a Jewish writer. Moreover, John’s author also made sure that the story of the blind man was true.
The gospel of John frequently mentions the Jewish people. Contrary to the Greeks and the Jews, the Jews are clearly different from the disciples of Jesus. This is a stark contrast between the Greeks, and the Jews. So the question remains: Does the Gospel of John make a difference? This question can be answered by a close reading of the gospel. If the gospel is about Jesus Christ, it must also include the Jews.
The gospel of John often mentions Jesus’ enemies in his passion narrative, in addition to Jewish opposition. In 18:12, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath law and harden their hearts against the idea that Jesus is the Messiah, he is called “the Jews.” The Jews are also mentioned as the anti-Christs in the Johannine epistles.
In the Gospel of John, the term “Jews” is often used to identify the opposing forces in the Christian world. In fact, the blind man’s parents were Jewish. Their society was ruled by the Jews. In the gospel of John, Jews were not allowed to participate in the community. The same was true for the Jewish people. They were not allowed to criticize Christ. The Pharisees rejected Jesus because he was a “Messiah” and could not claim to be the Messiah.
The Gospel of John’s description of the Jews is often not flattering. It is important to remember that John’s use of the term “Jewish” is not intended to describe the Jews in the gospel of St. John but to identify the Jewish leaders of his time. It was, in fact, the Jews in the gospel of St. Matthew that are the enemies of Jesus. The Pharisees accuse Jesus for violating the Sabbath Law.
It is important that you note that the Gospels of John portray the Jews in a negative light. While this does not justify Christian persecution of Jews, it does make some statements in the Gospel John historical understandable. It shows, for example, that the Jewish authorities were trying to overthrow the Christian community and that the Christians themselves were fighting for their faith. In addition, the Gospel of John argues that there was no conflict between Jesus and the Jews.
The Gospel of John describes the Jewish people as the children of the devil. The Jews are seen as a threat against Christ. As such, it is necessary to consider the perspective of the Gospel of John in the light of the broader Christian community. This does not mean, however, that the Jews are the problem. They are the victims of the Pharisees. If the Jewish people are made to suffer racism, then persecution of Christians will continue.