VII
THE ACTUAL WRITER OF THE GOSPEL AND EPISTLES

THE literary characteristics which have just been noticed in this Gospel will have an important bearing when we come to consider its use as an historical authority. On the question, who wrote it, they have this bearing: the author seems to have been an intense Jew, greatly moved by the recent rejection on the part of his people of our Lord; he refers to some minor historical details on which he seems to have information, as if for some reason they interested him much; and he displays a passionate concern for what he conceives to have been the true purport of Jesus' teaching and the true way of regarding His person. The fact that the book is a powerful work of art is evidence of this passion, and is in no way evidence of a state of mind which would lead him to any sort of fabrication. It must be recalled here that the book has been scrutinized again and again to discover whether the writer displays knowledge of localities in Palestine and of the usages and conditions of Jewish life at the time concerned; an admirable examination of this matter may be found in Dr. Drummond well-known book, The Character and Authorship of the Fourth Gospel; but the answer is so decidedly "Yes" that it is needless to reopen the subject here. Recently Dr. Burney has found in the language

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