The Temple Sleep Of The Rich Young Ruler: How Lazarus Became The Evangelist John
Publish Date: 2011-11-01
Author: Edward Reaugh Smith
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Who wrote the Gospel of John? The author identifies himself only as the disciple whom Jesus loved, and Christian tradition tells us that this disciple was the apostle John. However, during the past century, scholars have increasingly come to doubt that attribution. In 1902, Rudolf Steiner wrote that the author of the Gospel of John was in fact Lazarus. Steiners position stemmed from his insight that Lazaruss encounter with death involved far more than people realizedan initiation into higher spiritual realities that uniquely qualified him to write this gospel. Edward Smith takes up this argument and shows that subsequent research has tended to favor Lazarus for reasons grounded in Johns Gospel itself. More important, Smith shows that subsequent discoveries at Nag Hammadi and Mar Saba corroborate Steiners reasoning about the nature of the raising of Lazarus, pointing to Lazarus as the rich young ruler of Marks Gospel.