In John 1:35, who were the two disciples of John the Baptist?


The Greek text of John 1:35 according to the Textus Receptus states,

ΛΕʹ Τῇ ἐπαύριον πάλιν εἱστήκει ὁ Ἰωάννης καὶ ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο TR, 1550

which is translated as,

35 On the day after, John, and two of his disciples, had been standing again,

Are these two disciples of John the Baptist ever identified?


  • Reply February 3, 2017

    Brian Roden

    From the Pillar NT Commentary:
    1:35–37. The next day (cf. notes on 2:1) John the Baptist, seeing Jesus passing by, again identifies him as the Lamb of God (v. 36; cf. notes on 1:29); but this time two of his own disciples hear their master’s witness. One of them was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother (v. 40); the other is not named. The traditional identification of the unnamed disciple as the Evangelist, the ‘beloved disciple’, is plausible enough. A number of features in the account, such as the specification of the hour (v. 39), can be explained as details sharply etched on the mind of the writer when he first encountered Jesus Christ. But there is no proof of this identification.

    Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (p. 154). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.

    Of course, we then have to square this with the calling of Peter, Andrew, James, and John on the shores of Galilee in the Synoptics.

  • Reply February 3, 2017

    Stan Wayne

    That is easy in that it is unreasonable to expect married people to jump up and leave without there having been several contacts.
    The gospel accounts are all very abbreviated – John even said so plainly

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