Gospel of John Study Ep. 02 – John 1:19-51

We continue our study of the Gospel of John by looking at John the Baptist’s proclamation of who Jesus is, the inquiries of the Jews, and the calling of the first disciples.


  • Can anything good come from Nazareth?
  • Come and see. How can you experience Jesus in your life? What would it take to truly know him?
  • Read John 2:1-12

Previous episodes of the Gospel of John Study may be found here.

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  1. Thank you, Father Adam. I am enjoying this. What was the Jewish understanding of the Holy Spirit? And I’m happy to see that my cats, Molly and Juliet, are not the only cats with a love of Scripture!

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    That is a great question Sue. There is not a well developed theology of the Holy Spirit in Judaism. The Hebrew word for spirit, rûaḥ, appears about 400 times in the Old Testament. Only three of those times is it with the word ‘holy.’ (Isaiah 63:10, 11; Psalm 51:13) The idea of ‘spirit’ in the OT seems to begin by seeing God’s actions and powers like the wind; it is invisible but still moves and changes things in the world. From there it becomes associated with God’s inspiration of the prophets. After the fall of Solomon’s Temple prophecy begins to disappear from Israel. By the time of Jesus “the law” seems to have replaced prophecy and therefore few even spoke of the spirit anymore. Many Jews believed the spirit would return at the end of time when God would pour out his spirit on the world and recreate it. It is likely that early Christians saw Pentecost as the fulfillment of this idea.

  3. So the spirit comes forth from God but is not of the essence of God as we who practice a trinitarian faith believe?

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  5. Father Adam, thank you so much for persevering and recording the lesson. In response to your request for feedback relative to the question “what can the world give us?” after much ramblings I concluded that the world provides an opportunity to live out our Catholic faith to serve the Lord and one another. It provides fertile ground for us to either be our best or our worst…to help our fellow man or hinder him through our actions or inactions. It is setting for doing good or creating chaos. Most importantly it is a place where heaven and earth unite. We have this wonder-filled earth to give God thanks for and a place to share and care for each other especially in regard to recent events.

    Ways that we can come and see as the early followers did; it is much easier for us to believe because we have histrionic and biblical events that the early followers provided. Their faithfulness laid the groundwork for our beliefs. As amazing as Jesus’s miracles were to them, they believed and eventhough they did not realize that Jesus came to them and not the other way around, he comes to us in subtle and in great ways today. We are capable of nothing if we do not believe that Jesus is in our midst; that He is always there patiently waiting for us to greet him, speak to him with our thoughts and desires and fears and our thankfulness. He is here with outstretched arms.

  6. PS: Father Adam…As a cat person I really enjoyed your beautiful kitten and I thought it remarkable that you did not miss a beat when the kitten decided to join you. Thank you again for an enlightening and thought-provoking lecture.

  7. Great reflection Kathleen.

    And my kitten Bastet has developed a habit of making cameos in videos, so I’m used to it.

  8. Thank you Father for this study on the Gospel of John!! Gives me much to ponder, & to delve into it on a deeper level than I tend to do.

  9. I’ve often wondered, if the gospels were written by more than one person, why do they take on only one person’s name (The Gospel of John)?

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    Danute, there could be a few reasons for this. Some early Church sources tell us the Gospel of John was the work of John and his followers. John wrote the foundational text and his followers edited and revised the work. In this case, it retained the title because it was his work in its essence. Just as today hiring an editor does not change the authorship of a work. The author’s intent and voice still come through in the final work.

    Another possibility is that the authors of the Gospel of John saw themselves as students or disciples of John and the work is attributed to their teacher as both an honor and a recognition of the origin of their thought. Doing so would also assure the hearers of the gospel that they were receiving an apostolic tradition and not merely the opinions of later Christians.

  11. Father Adam,

    I have very much enjoyed this study so far! Any loved this quote of yours… “and so this beginning in John’s Gospel, is actually very beautiful and rather a touching beginning because it’s shows just how deeply God cares for his people and what extent, what extremes, He will go to an effort to save us and bring us to Himself.” That all paragraph before ending in that quote is very beautiful actually. Thank you! I still have the third episode to watch to catch up.

    PS I agree, as another animal lover, I can’t believe you didn’t miss a beat with your beautiful cat! I have 3 pups and get distracted! I have seen you outside of church with my 3 pups, praying at the fountain since adoration has been closed…If you could please keep me and what’s on my heart and my prayers in your thoughts and prayers I’d greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks again!

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