50 Unique Attributes of St. John's Gospel

St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
by an Anonymous Ethiopian Illuminator circa 1540

50 Unique Attributes of St. John's Gospel
There are many distinctive traits to St. John's Gospel that are not found in the other three Gospels; below is a list of just 50 …

1) John the Baptist Refer to Jesus as the "Lamb of God." (1:29, 36)
2) Holds the Only Quotes of Andrew (1:40-41; 6:8-9)
3) Holds the Only Quote of Bartholomew/Nathanael (1:45-49)
4) Holds the Only Quotes of Philip the Apostle (1:45-46; 6:5-7; 14:8-9)
5) The Miracle at Cana (2:1-12)
6) Mary’s Quote: Do whatever he tells you.  (2:5)
7) Narratives with Nicodemus (3:1-21; 7:50-52; 19:38-42)
8) John the Baptist's Quote: He must increase, I must decrease. (3:30)
9) The Story of the Samaritan Woman (4:4-42)
10) The Miracle of the Royal Official's Son (4:46-54)
11) The Sabbath Cure of the Man Who had Been Sick for 38 Years (5:1-18)
12) Jesus’ Quote: I do not accept human praise.  (5:41)
13) The Bread of Life Discourse (6:22-59)
14) Jesus' Quote: Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life. (6:27)
15) Jesus’ Quote:  I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger. (6:35)
16) Jesus' Quote: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  (6:53)
17) The Many Disciples Who Left Jesus, Unable to Accept the Concept of Eating His Flesh (6:56, 60, 66)
18) Peter’s Quote: We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God. (6:69)
19) Jesus’ Quote: Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly. (7:24)
20) Jesus’ Quote: Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. (8:7)
21) Jesus' Quote: I am the light of the world. (8:12)
22) The Miracle of the Man Born Blind (9:1-41)
23) The Good Shepherd (10:1-21)
24) The Raising of Lazarus From the Dead (11:1-44)
25) Thomas's Quote: Let us also go to die with him. (11:16
26) Martha and Mary of Bethany Separately Declaring: Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (11:21, 32)
27) Martha Once Again Serving (12:2)
28) The Greeks Who Wanted to Meet Jesus (12:20-23)
29) Jesus’ Quote: I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. (12:46)
30) Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet (13:1-17)
31) The Beloved Disciple Leaning Against Jesus’ Chest (13:23-25; 21:20)
32) Jesus Presents the New Commandment (13:33-35)
33) Jesus' Quote: In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. (14:2) 
34) Holds the Only Quote of Jude Thaddeus (14:22-23)
35) Jesus’ Quote: I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. (16:12)
36) Jesus Praying for His Disciples (17:1-26)
37) Soldiers and Guards Falling to the Ground When Jesus Professed, "I AM."  (18:3, 6)
38) The Story of Malchus, Whose Ear was Cut off by Peter (18:10)
39) Pilate Placing an Inscription on Jesus' Cross: Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews Written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek (19:19-20)
40) The Three Marys at the Foot of the Cross (19:25)
41) Jesus Asking John to Take Care of Mary (19:26-27)
42) Jesus' Quote From the Cross: I thirst. (19:28)
43) The Piercing of Jesus' Side by Longinus (19:33-34)
44) Mary Magdalene as the First to See the Risen Christ (20:11-18)
45) Thomas's Disbelief in Jesus' Resurrection (20:24-29)
46) Jesus' Appearance to Seven Disciples at the Sea of Tiberias (21:1-14)
47) Jesus' Three Requests of Peter to Take Care of His Lambs/Sheep (21:15, 16,17
48) The Only Gospel to Not List the Apostles
49) Added Emphasis on the Holy Spirit:
50) References to the Beloved Disciple [John himself]: 

Some say that St. John's Gospel was given the
symbol of the eagle, because in a way,
it theologically soars above the others.
Symbols of the Gospel Writers


  1. Very interesting list, I think I may dig deeper into some of this. Thanks!


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