A Question on the Apostle John

Here’s a question I’m hoping to get some help with.  I just started reading a new book and came across something that has me scratching my head.  I don’t know if I’m having a stupid moment or what…  Anyways, the author of this book (who shall remain nameless for the time being) pretty much states from the start that the Apostle John was at one time a disciple of John the Baptist.

John had lived long enough to see it all, from the beginning all the way to the end.  As a brash, blustering young man, the idea of tramping around the wilderness of Judea to follow John the Baptizer appealed to him a great deal.  So he left his thriving fishing enterprise in the hands of his brother, James, and abandoned his privileged status for a diet of locusts and wild honey-and the chance to prepare Israel for the coming Messiah.  He helped the forerunner of the Christ baptize thousands of repentant Jews and supported this strange, Elijah-like figure as he called down judgment on the corrupt temple leaders.

Finally the day came when John saw the long-awaited Anointed One.  He looked nothing like what John had imagined; but his wilderness mentor, John the Baptizer, was unequivocal.  This was the One.  He and another of John’s disciples decided to get a closer look, to follow Him home, to hear what He had to say about Himself and Israel.  And before the dawn of the next day, he knew.  They had found the Messiah.

These are the opening two paragraphs of the book.  While they make for a great story, I can’t find any scripture support for this position (Matthew, Mark, and Luke all have John being called by Jesus along with his brother).  Is there something in the Tradition that I’m missing?

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9 Replies to “A Question on the Apostle John”

  1. John 1:35 indicates that two of Johns the Baptists disciples became Christ's disciples the day after Jesus' baptism. One of the disciples is identified as Andrew (Simon Peter's brother), but the other disciple remains unnamed.

    It is assumed that the second disciple (the unnamed one in this passage) would be the disciple that Jesus loved, i.e. John.

    At least that is my understanding of it.

  2. I re-read John 1:35-44 this morning. Being familiar with Johns habit of humbly omitting his own name throughout the Gospel of John, instead referring to himself as “the beloved disciple”, “the disciple that Jesus loved” or “the other disciple”, it's not to far a stretch to conclude that it is indeed the Apostle John who is referred to in addition to Andrew in this passage.

    I did a little researching through the Patristics but haven't gotten any confirmation there as yet. I would like to see an early reference to John having been a disciple of John the Baptist. Got a feeling it's probably there somewhere.

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