Two mentions of another John who could be the author of Revelation

  1. Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical History, quotes Papias, a disciple of the Apostle John, writing around A.D. 120: “And if anyone chanced to come who had actually been a follower of the elders, I would enquire as to the discourses of the elders, what Andrew or what Peter said, or what Philip, or what Thomas or James, or what John or Matthew or any other of the Lord’s disciples [said]; and the things which Aristion and John the elder, disciples of the Lord, say.” This appears to distinguish the apostle John from a ‘John the elder.’
  2. Third century Bishop Dionysius stated that there were two Christian leaders named John, and two tombs that claimed to be the tomb of John.

Sources: David E. Aune, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 52: Revelation 1-5. (Waco, TX: Word, 1997); G. R. Beasley-Murray, “Revelation, book of”, in Dictionary of Later New Testament Developments. (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997); Robert H. Mounce, New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Book of Revelation, Revised Edition. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998).


  1. Earl Branham Said,

    September 3, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    There is no evidence or information that could possibly place either of these 2 Johns on the Isle of Patmos, whereas the Apostle John was definitely there in banishment for preaching the Gospel. This is a textural prerequisite from the 1st chapter of the Revelation, and can’t be overlooked simply because history records 2 other Johns.

  2. Dave Gifford Said,

    September 3, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    Yeah, I personally lean towards John the apostle as the author of Revelation. But I wanted to be as complete and fair as possible in mentioning the other possibilities.

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