The aim of this article is not to weigh the merits of Schonfield's thesis in relation to the historical Jesus, but to suggest that the author of the Fourth Gospel was concerned to argue against similar claims being made by some of his Jewish contemporaries.
This article was archived with permission from Irish Biblical Studies, all rights reserved. Document originally appeared at: McGrath, James F. “Uncontrived Messiah or Passover Plot? A Study of A Johannine Apologetic Motif,” Irish Biblical Studies 19 (January 1997): 2-16.
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