Christianity Through the Looking Glass:
The Apostle St. John


Who was He?

St. John the Apostle was one of Jesus' 12 Apostles and the son of Zebedee and Salome. John is usually listed as one of the youngest apostles. Jesus designated him the protector of Mary (Jesus' mother).

The only two apostles instructed by Jesus to prepare the final Passover dinner were John and Peter. Rather than resting on the couches, St. John sat close to Jesus, leaning on him during the supper. In addition, he was the only one of the Twelve Apostles who did not abandon Jesus.

Following the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, John believed to have occupied a place of power in the early church. John is claimed to have died at Ephesus, a city within Turkey. and his tomb has since become a popular religious tourism destination.

Saint John is symoblized through love, loyalty, and companionship. In the realm of art, John is illusted looking up towards heaven and telling his Gospel to his disciples.

Alternative Monikers of St. John

  • 1) John the Evangelist
  • 2) John of Patmos
  • 3) John the Elder
  • 4) Beloved Disciple

Greater Understanding

Want more? Check out some of the resources below to take a deep dive into the intricacies of Saint John and other people within the Bible.


Gospel According to John

John detailed the life and death of Jesus Christ. The books made by John focus on his teachings and experience that is based on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation to John

Revelation is the only New Testament book designated as literature that centralizes itself on the future rather than taking a historical stance.

Letters of John

John's letters encouage that Christians follow their teachings and reject religious hersay. Christians should live a moral life and follow Christ's example.