The gospels according to "John". By Blocks with linking verses

The gospels according to "John"

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Notes:
a) For a good understanding, this page should be read after the introductory page: 'John's gospel, from original to canonical'
b) Each gospel is shown here as consecutive blocks, each one with first and last verse(s) to indicate linkage. In the next gospel versions, the verse(s) will be omitted if there is no change (same pairing of contiguous blocks).
c) Legend:
- black: no change from previous version
- teal: original Version M blocks (only GMark then known by author)
- navy: passage added for Version Mx (only GMark then known by author)
- blue: passages added for Version L (GLuke, but not 'Acts', then known by author)
- green: passages relocated for Version L (GLuke, but not 'Acts', then known by author)
- red: words added because of the relocations in Version L
- fuchsia: passages added for Version A ('Acts' then known by author)
- purple: passage added for Version D (canonical/final) (written after Death of "John")
- (...)+: major insertion added later (identified afterwards)

#1, Version M: the original John's gospel, written after Mark's gospel was known and before Luke's gospel appeared

M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8

M1:
The Beginning, Jesus with John the Baptist and the wedding at Cana (1:1-2:12)
2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He <L2:12p> and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
M2:
6:1 (NASB) After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).
Jesus in Galilee, the miraculous feeding, walking on water, the discourse at Capernaum and Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles (6:1-7:10)
7:10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
M3:
5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
Jesus heals a sick at a pool in Jerusalem (5:2-47)+
5:47 "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
M4:
7:11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, "Where is He?"
Jesus preaches in the temple for two months and heals a blind man, then goes beyond the Jordan (7:11-10:42)
10:40-42 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. ... And many believed in Him there.
M5:
12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany.
Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover (12:1-16)+
12:16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
M6:
2:14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business.
Jesus cleanses the Temple and talks with Nicodemus (2:14-3:21)
3:21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
M7:
12:20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.
Jesus teaches in Jerusalem and the Last Supper (part 1) (12:20-14:31)
14:31 "But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here."
M8:
18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.
Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion and empty tomb (18:1-20:10)+
20:8-10 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. ... Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.


#2, Version Mx: Version M added on (before Luke's gospel appeared)

Recapitulation of the earlier version:
M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8

Mx: (M1 to M7) => M9 => M8

(M1 to M6)
then M7:
Jesus teaches in Jerusalem and the Last Supper (part 1)
(12:20-14:31)
14:31 "But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here."
M9:
15:1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
The Last Supper (part 2) (15:1-17:26)+
17:26 "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."
M8:
18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.
Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion and empty tomb (18:1-20:10)+


#3, Version L (additions): Version Mx added on after Luke's gospel was known and before 'Acts' appeared

Insertions of less than 3 verses are not shown here. See additions at original John's gospel for complete account.

Recapitulation of earlier versions:
M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8
Mx:
(M1 to M7) => M9 => M8

L: M1 => L1 => (M2 to M3) => (M4 + L2) => L3 => (M5 + L4) => L5 => M6 => M7 => (M9 + L6) => (M8 + L7) => L8

M1:
The Beginning, Jesus with John the Baptist and the wedding at Cana (1:1-2:12)
2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He <L2:12p> and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
L1:
3:22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized.
Jesus and John the Baptist, the Samaritan woman and the nobleman's son (3:22-4:53)
4:53b ... And he himself believed, and his whole household.
M2:
6:1 (NASB) After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).
Jesus in Galilee, the miraculous feeding, walking on water and the discourse at Capernaum and Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles(6:1-7:10)
M3:
Jesus heals a sick at a pool in Jerusalem (5:2-47)+.
M4:
Jesus preaches in the temple for two months and heals a blind man, then goes beyond the Jordan (7:11-10:42). L2(8:56-58) inserted then
10:40-42 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. ... And many believed in Him there.
L3:
11:1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Jesus resurrects Lazarus (11:1-57)
11:56-57 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, "What do you think; that He will not come to the feast?"
Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

M5:
12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany.
Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover (12:1-16). L4(12:1p-11) inserted then
12:16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
L5:
12:17-18 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.
For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
Lazarus' resurrection is remembered (12:17-19)
19 "The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!""
M6:
2:14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business.
Jesus cleanses the Temple and talks with Nicodemus (2:14-3:21)
M7:
Jesus teaches in Jerusalem and the Last Supper (part 1) (12:20-14:31)
M9:
The Last Supper (part 2) (15:1-17:26). L6(16:16-23a) inserted then
M8:
Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion and empty tomb (18:1-20:10). L7(19:25-27) inserted then
20:8-10 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb firt, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
L8:
20:11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
Jesus reappears to Mary Magdalene and the disciples (20:11-23)


#3, Version L (relocations): Reshuffling of Version M material (at same time the additions were made)

Insertions of less than 3 verses are not shown here. See additions at original John's gospel for complete account.

Recapitulation of earlier versions:
M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8
Mx:
(M1 to M7) => M9 => M8
L (additions):
M1 => L1 => (M2 to M3) => (M4 + L2) => L3 => (M5 + L4) => L5 => M6 => M7 => (M9 + L6) => (M8 + L7) => L8

L (relocations): M1 => M6 => L1 => M3 => M2 =(M3 extracted)=> M4 => L3 => M5 => L5 =(M6 extracted)=> M7 => (M9 to L8)

M1:
The Beginning, Jesus with John the Baptist and the wedding at Cana (1:1-2:12)
2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He <L2:12p> and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
M6:
2:13-14 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business.
Jesus cleanses the Temple and talks with Nicodemus (2:14-3:21)
3:21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
L1:
3:22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized.
Jesus and John the Baptist, the Samaritan woman and the nobleman's son (3:22-4:53)
4:53b And he himself believed, and his whole household.
M3:
5:1-2 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
Jesus heals a sick at a pool in Jerusalem (5:2-47)+
5:47 "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
M2:
6:1 (NASB) After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).
Jesus in Galilee, the miraculous feeding, walking on water and the discourse at Capernaum and Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles(6:1-7:10)
7:10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
M4:
7:11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, "Where is He?"
Jesus preaches in the temple for two months and heals a blind man, then goes beyond the Jordan (7:11-10:42)
L3:
Jesus resurrects Lazarus (11:1-57)
M5:
Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover (12:1-16)
L5:
Lazarus' resurrection is remembered (12:17-19)
12:19 "The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!""
M6:
12:20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.
Jesus teaches in Jerusalem and the Last Supper (part 1) (12:20-14:31)
(M9 to L8)


#4, Version A: Version L added on, after 'Acts' was known and before the "beloved disciple" died
Insertions of less than 3 verses are not shown here. See additions at original John's gospel for complete account.

Recapitulation of earlier versions:
M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8
Mx:
(M1 to M7) => M9 => M8
L (additions):
M1 => L1 => (M2 to M3) => (M4 + L2) => L3 => (M5 + L4) => L5 => M6 => M7 => (M9 + L6) => (M8 + L7) => L8
L (relocations):
M1 => M6 => L1 => M3 => M2 =(M3 extracted)=> M4 => L3 => M5 => L5 =(M6 extracted)=> M7 => (M9 to L8)

A: (M1 to L1) => (M3 + A1) => (M2 to L8) => A2

(M1 to L1)
then M3:
Jesus heals a sick at a pool in Jerusalem (5:2-47). A1(5:25-30) inserted then
(M2 to M8)
then L8:
Jesus reappears to Mary Magdalene and the disciples
(20:11-23)
20:23 "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
A2:
20:24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
Jesus reappears to Thomas and again to the other disciples (20:24-31)


#5, Version D: Version A added on, after the "beloved disciple" died
The overall result is the final version, the canonical 'gospel according to John'.

Recapitulation of earlier versions:
M: M1 => M2 => M3 => M4 => M5 => M6 => M7 => M8
Mx:
(M1 to M7) => M9 => M8
L (additions):
M1 => L1 => (M2 to M3) => (M4 + L2) => L3 => (M5 + L4) => L5 => M6 => M7 => (M9 + L6) => (M8 + L7) => L8
L (relocations):
M1 => M6 => L1 => M3 => M2 =(M3 extracted)=> M4 => L3 => M5 => L5 =(M6 extracted)=> M7 => (M9 to L8)
A:
(M1 to L1) => (M3 + A1) => (M2 to L8) => A2

D: (M1 to A2) => D1

(M1 to L8)
then A2:
Jesus reappears to Thomas and again to the other disciples
(20:24-31)
20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
D1:
21:1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself:
Jesus reappears to some disciples in Galilee (21:1-25)
21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.



What's next?
The complete text of the original gospel
At the end of that page, I'll go into the authorship of GJohn.

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