Author of 2 John

This short epistle does not mention the name of John, so that technically it is anonymous.  Christian tradition has called this epistle, 2 John, or the Second Epistle of John.  That leaves the possibility of either John the apostle, son of Zebedee, John the presbyter, John the Evangelist, John of the Gospel, or the John of the other two letters.  The traditional belief was that John the Evangelist composed this letter at Ephesus, when he was very old.  The epistle’s content and conceptual style are very similar to the Gospel of John, 1 John, and 3 John.  However, this author called himself a presbyter or elder.  The general consensus today is that the three Johannine epistles have the same author.  Nevertheless, there is no general agreement about whether this was also the author of the Gospel of John.  Most scholars believe that this John is not the same as John the Apostle.  There may have been a community of Johannites or followers of John from where these writings arose.  How many people do you know who are named John?

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