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The Name “John”

The Name “John”

Excerpt
The name means Yahweh has been gracious, but the significance of the name was not explained. The name was not given because of its etymology (contrast Matt 1:21). It was noted because Luke’s readers already knew of John the Baptist and his role in salvation history and because Luke wanted to point out John’s miraculous birth and divine calling to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. John is referred to again in Luke 3:1–205:337:18–359:7–911:116:1620:4–6More
Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.
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