Greetings dear PSacto... and the greatest of love and peace to you!
Yes, it is true that the GOJ was not written by John,
I am glad we agree!
it was dictated by John the Apostle, son of Zebedee to another, possibly John the Elder.
May I ask your source for this understanding?
The whole notion of Lazarus being the one that was dicating and John being the one that was writting is alao thrown around, insinuating that because Lazarus was loved by Jesus that he was the discipled "whom Jesus loved",
I am not sure whether it occurred this way, but John 11:3 does seem to corrobate that Lazarus was indeed the one whom my Lord loved/preferred/had affection for...
but that leaves open MANy questions and issues,, since there is no record of Lazarus being an apostle or ever accompaning Jesus on a regualr basis.
Well, now, I am not so sure about that. Is it possible that Lazarus, also known as "Simon" [the Leper], could have also been "Simon"... the Zealot (erroneously referred to as "Simon the Canaanite/Cananae'an" - but he was from neither Canaan nor Cana)... who WAS an apostle and DID accompany my Lord?
The Gospel of Mark was written by Mark but it was what was told to him by Peter.
Yes, and "Mark" was Simon Peter's son, Mark (1 Peter 5:13)... and not "John who was surnamed Mark", as some wish to believe.
Some think that the Gospel of Matthew was written by Matthew the former tax collector and Apostle
In Aramaic, yes...
and of course the Gospel of Luke was written by Luck the physician and the writter of Acts.
Yeah, don't you just hate it when the writer doesn't identify himself? Praise JAH, there is the Holy Spirit for such things.
As always, I bid you peace, dear PSacto.
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,