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date: 18 February 2019

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Archaeology has played a significant role in debates over how the narrative details and place names in the Gospel of John should be read. Whereas some scholars have claimed that many were fictitious and intended to be symbolic, others have demonstrated that the majority could be verified as historical by archaeology and by contemporary literature. In so far as archaeology has shown the Gospel includes information that is more specific and accurate than that given in the Synoptics, there has been a new appreciation of the extent to which material in the Gospel is historical. In turn this has implications for the larger study of the Gospel.

Keywords: archaeology, Johannine topography, miqveh, ritual washing, stone vessels, first-century tomb closures, Bethsaida, Magdala

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