Dating the gospel of john
The Gospel of John emerges from an independent literary tradition that is not directly connected to the Synoptic tradition.This explains the major differences between John and the Synoptics.
Commentary This passage, like the ones prior and following, is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that takes up three full chapters of Matthew’s gospel.Peter and Paul likely perished during the persecution of the church in Rome by Nero.The deaths of these important church leaders likely encouraged the writing down of narratives about Jesus.The Johannine narrative is indebted to oral and possibly written traditions that were transmitted from earlier decades.A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:1-12a When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Further making this a worthy option for the marriage celebration is that this passage clearly states the basics for Christian living.
It makes no reference to marriage, yet it is the first major discourse in all the Gospels where Jesus describes what life will be like for his followers.
He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
In addition, because both Matthew and Luke contain a large amount of material in common that is not found in Mark, most researchers hold that both Evangelists also had a collection of Jesus’ sayings that they incorporated into their works.