saron mahari asks in Start a New Thread:
why is the gospel of john [different] from others?
“Gospel of John” by Father Raymond Brown talks about how the Johannine community’s controversies with other groups helped shaped their Gospel. In “From Jesus to Christianity”, Dr. Michael White talks about how proto-Christians identified themselves less as Jews as time progressed, and as Jews became more reviled throughout the Roman Empire. John was was written at a time when Christians no longer considered themselves Jews, but rather they considered themselves in league with Rome in being opposed to the Jews. Theologians point to John as the “spiritual” Gospel that is less concerned with recounting specifics of Jesus’ life and more concerned with expressing the spiritual significance of the events of the ministry. I think these views are in sync.
Christians who hold that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God have a tougher time with this question since they have to resolve some of the glaring contradictions, like: when Jesus was crucified relative to when Passover begins? Or, who found the empty tomb and who did they find at the tomb?