Background and setting of 1 john some have suggested that 1 john may originally have been written to jewish christians living in babylon sometime toward the 1 cor 1:2, etc) in the popular imagination, however, the effect has been to create the impression that 1, 2, and 3 john were written to the church at large rather than a specific. Jewish audience down to the very layout of john’s gospel, there is a clear jewish influence the start of the fourth gospel, 'in the beginning was the word' is a clear echo of the jewish book of genesis. John's gospel was written at a time when anti-jewish sentiment was at its height in the early church, reflected in stronger sentiment in john and the more frequent references to generic 'jews.
Yet only one—the gospel of john—claims to be an eyewitness account, the testimony of the unnamed “disciple whom jesus loved” another holds that john was written last, by someone who knew about the other three gospels, but who wished to write a spiritual gospel instead of an historical one (jewish holidays begin at sunset. The final piece of evidence suggesting john wrote for a jewish audience is the use of the term λογος which is translated to word and by jews was taken to be a part of god so importantly john’s gospel takes an element of the jewish religion and says it is jesus, something which the jews didn't accept. The gospel of john describes a number of potential and actual confrontations between jesus and ``the jews'' in some of these instances, there is no doubt that ``jews'' means ``judeans'' because judea is mentioned explicitly.
Thus, for john, jesus is a challenge to all the essential elements of the jewish religion: to the concept of jewish election, to the law of moses, to the temple and its cult, to the jewish leadership, and even to the belief that god is one, an affirmation that every male jew was bound to recite at the core of his daily prayers 16. Background and setting of 1 john some have suggested that 1 john may originally have been written to jewish christians living in babylon sometime toward the end of the first century26 what are we to make of this evidence for such a destination for 1 john is very slim, and a reason for the author of the johannine letters to address one. The fourth gospel was not the most jewish in fact, “no other new testament writing has been accused more often of an anti-judaic thrust than the gospel of john” (leibig, 1983) the term “the jews” was used more in a negative context than in any of the other gospels. There are several applications for the biblical mandate “to the jew first”for many it is an evangelistic principle that means the gospel should be taken “to jewish people first,” as we reach the whole world as well.
Theological anti-semitism is rampant in john, the fourth gospel it is outright anti-semitic no other new testament writing has as great an anti-judaic thrust as found in john its attack against the individual jew, “the jews” and the jewish observance of the hebrew bible all reflect the early church’s extreme anti-semitic stance. Perhaps this is why even though john's gospel was written to a gentile audience, it is filled with numerous references to the messianic prophecies (for example, john 2:17 12:14-16, 38 13:18 19:24, 28, 36) and the biblical jewish holidays and ceremonies (2:23 5:1 6:4 7:2. John t townsend, the gospel of john and the jews: the story of a religious divorce according to john, jewish authorities were responsible for arresting jesus, but these authorities had acted under roman pressure and had carried out the action with a band of roman soldiers and along with the righteous may they not be written blessed.
The gospel of john went through two to three stages, or editions, before reaching its current form around ad 90–110 it arose in a jewish christian community probably located in ephesus in modern turkey, although other possibilities include antioch (syria), palestine, and alexandria (egypt. Who were the jews'' in john's gospel ``the jews'' are jewish leaders in jerusalem (eg, 1:19 18:14, 36, 38 19:7, 12, 14, 31) moreover, john is said to have written his gospel while serving in ephesus, so it is likely that he was thinking especially of jews in the diaspora if so, his criticism of judean and galilean jews was.
The fourth gospel has been said that it is a gospel to the world but however, in 1924 israel abrahams said, to us jews, the fourth gospel is the most jewish of the four the fourth gospel was not the most jewish in fact, “no other new testament writing has been accused more often of an anti-judaic thrust than the gospel of john” (leibig, 1983. The gospel of john may have been written after the year 80 three generations after jesus’ death this generalization ― “the jews” ― shows a calculated effort by the author of john to condemn the entire jewish people in the hearts and minds of his audience/readers. The jews: a critical investigation no other new testament writing has been accused more often of an anti-judaic thrust than the gospel of john its ambiguous replacement theme, its pointed arguments with individual jews, and its attack against the religious position of judaism all reflect the polemical stance of the fourth evangelist.
John's jewish gospel to gentiles in the first chapter of the gospel of john we read of a “to the jew first” presentation: and yeshua turned and saw them following, and said to them, what do you seek. Why the gospel of john was written this was just a short discussion board i had to write for a class the fourth gospel has been said that it is a gospel to the world but however, in 1924 israel abrahams said, to us jews, the fourth gospel is the most jewish of the four. In the popular imagination, however, the effect has been to create the impression that 1, 2, and 3 john were written to the church at large rather than a specific congregation (or group of congregations) with specific issues and problems.