Identity of John at Monastery of St. John in Chora on Patmos, Greece - Encircle Photos

6 Identity of John at Monastery of St. John in Chora on Patmos, Greece

Another mosaic at the monastery shows John holding the Book of Revelation. The debate among scholars and theologians is whether St. John the Theologian (John of Patmos) is the same as John the Apostle. Both were exiled by the Romans in the late 1st century. There is agreement the last chapter of the New Testament was written about 95-96 AD (John the Apostle died in 98-100AD). Both men also lived for a while at Ephesus located less than 50 miles by sea (where John the Apostle was buried). But analysis of the writing style suggests they were different individuals. There is additional speculation about John the Evangelist. Was he John of Patmos, John the Apostle or a third disciple of Jesus? Portrayed on the right in this mosaic is Christodoulos. More on him in a minute.

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Monastery of St. John, Chora, Patmos 855 00, Greece

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