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THE PLACE IN HISTORY, AND CHARACTER OF THE PERIOD, IN WHICH THE
APOSTLE Joun APPEARED.
Life of St. John coeval with the first century.- Date of Christ's birth.--
Julius Cæsar.- Pompey the Great.-His march into Judæa.—The Holy
Land becomes tributary. He profanes the Holy of Holies.-Enters Rome
in triumph.-Julius Cæsar supreme. He appoints Antipater procurator
of Judæa.—His son Herod governor of Galilee.-- Julius Cæsar assassin-
ated.- Herod appointed king of Judæa.- Augustus Cæsar becomes
emperor. – Extent of Roman empire.-Universal peace.-Birth of JESUS
Christ.– Death of Herod the Great.-Archelaus and Antipas.—Archelaus
deposed.--Quirinius governor of Syria.-Successive procurators of Judæa,
- Death of Augustus.— Tiberius Cæsar.—Caiaphas.- Pontius Pilate.-
Heathen world.–Pagan literature.- Alexandrian Library destroyed. --
Character of the period shown by the condition of the Jewish people.
Development of the prophecies of Messiah.—The law a schoolmaster. -
Ceremonial law.—Light dawning when St. John came on the stage 1
PARENTAGE, EARLY LIFE, AND NATURAL TRAITS OF THE APOSTLE.
Position and physical features of the Holy Land.–Ruins.-Sacred as-
sociations.-St. John a native of Galilee.--- Bethsaida.--Childish pastimes.
--Sea of Galilee.—Zebedæus.-His early death.-Jewish education.- Pro-
fane and sacred literature.-Schools in the post-exile period.- Education
of apostles.—Mode of instruction.—John at school.-Outward life of the
boy. — Judas the Gaulonite. — Samaritans. — Pilgrimages. — Jerusalem. —
Saul of Tarsus a coeval of St. John.—The Passover.- St. John youngest of
the Twelve.-Was he ever married ?- Meaning of “Boanerges.”—Strong
elements in his character.-Compared with Augustine and Luther.- His
HIS EARLIEST STAGE OF PREPARATION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP, AS
A DISCIPLE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.
Preparation for the Advent.-- Prophet of the preparation.-His important
influence on St. John the Evangelist.—Birth of John the Baptist.—Predic.
tions concerning him.-His prototype.- Miracles at his birth.-His holi-
ness.—His life in the wilderness.—St. John his disciple.—Matter of his
preaching.-Manner.-Impression on his young Galilean disciples.—Jesus
pointed out to them as the Lamb of God.—John and Andrew follow
St. JOHN UNDER THE TRAINING OF THE GREAT MASTER HIMSELF FROM THE
BEGINNING OF HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY.
His first meeting with Jesus.- Returns to Galilee with Jesus.-Call to
the discipleship.-Kâna el-Jelil.-His faith strengthened. ---Capernaum.
– With his Master joins caravan to Jerusalem.-Route.- Transjordanic
country.-Sacred reminiscences.—Jerusalem and the temple.-Nicodemus.
-St. John probably present at the interview.-Rural parts of Judæa.-St.
John engages in his first public work.--Unwritten history.–Central
Palestine.—Jesus among the Samaritans.-Wonderful result.— Impression
on St. John.–Nazareth.- Miracles.-St. John forsakes all for Christ –
His first circuit in Galilee with Jesus.-Call of St. Matthew.-Daughter of
Jairus and widow's son raised from the dead.–St. John's training and pre-
paration for his work.-Again at Jerusalem.- Apostles appointed. — Their
names. Their gifts.-Sermon on the Mount an inaugurative discourse.-
Another circuit in Galilee.—Christ begins to teach by parables.- The
Twelve sent forth by two and two.—Who was St. John's associate ?- Jesus
walks on the sea.—Days of darkness drawing near.–Last year of St. John
with Christ.–Visit to the Gentile world.- Jesus foretells His death.-
Transfiguration.—Its design. Its effect on St. John.-Faults of St. John.
-His jealousy and bigotry.-Anger.— Resurrection of Lazarus. —Peræa.-
Parables at this time.- Ambition of St. John.-End of pupilage drawing
near.—Last public discourses and parables of Jesus.- Impressions on St.
John.-St. John sent with St. Peter to prepare the feast of the passover 44
PREPARATION FOR HIS WORK FROM INTERCOURSE AND INSTRUCTION IN PRI-
VATE; ESPECIALLY FROM THE GREAT SACRIFICE OFFERED BY JESUS, AS
WITNESSED BY THE APOSTLE HIMSELF.
Jesus and His disciples celebrating the passover. - Strife.-Expostu- lation and washing disciples' feet.— Treachery of Judas foretold.–St.
Peter's denial foretold.-Institution of the Supper.- Valedictory address.
– Intercessory prayer. – Garden of Gethsemane. — The agony. - St.
John present.–St. Peter and his sword. - Flight of the disciples.-St.
John regains his natural bravery.--St. John alone accompanies Christ to
the palace of the high-priest.- Palace described.–St. Peter admitted at
the request of St. John.-Jesus led before Pilate.- Charged with sedition
and exonerated by Pilate.—Before Herod. - Mocked.-Herod and Pilate
made friends.-Again before Pilate.–Pilate's wife.-St. John at the side
of Christ.-Bearing the cross.-Simon the Cyrenian.—The penitent thief.
What St. John was taught.St. John and the mother of Jesus.- The
blood and the water seen by St. John
CROWNING PROOF OF THE MESSIAHSHIP OF JESUS, AS WITNESSED BY
Chief functions of an apostle.--Evidence of resurrection of Christ as
addressed to St. John.-St. John's testimony on this subject. - Mary Mag.
dalene's message to St. Peter and St. John.- Christ's first appearance.-
St. John sees the empty sepulchre and believes.-Christ appears to Mary
Magdalene.—To St. Peter.—The two disciples going to Emmaus.— The ten
apostles in the evening.–To the eleven eight days after.—To St. John and
six other apostles at the Sea of Galilee. - To five hundred disciples on a
mountain in Galilee.—The ascension.- Competency of apostles as wit-
nesses.-St. John neither an enthusiast nor an impostor
HISTORY OF ST. JOHN IN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
Returns to Jerusalem to await the promise of the Spirit-Galilee no
longer his home.- Apostles assembled in the upper room.-St. John and
the mother of Jesus.- Mary disappears from history.—Matthias elected
an apostle.-Day of Pentecost.- Apostles in one of the stoas of the temple.
-Tongues of flame.— Three thousand converted.-St. John engaged in
this work.-Its effect on him.-Miracle at the gate Beautiful of the temple.
- His first imprisonment.--Arraigned before the high-priest.-- Second
time imprisoned.-- The work advancing.–The mission of St. John and St.
Peter to Samaria.- Tiberius.—Caligula. - Agrippa I.- Publius Petronius.
-Claudius.- Martyrdom of St. James, his brother.—Antioch.- The Jewish
party.-Council at Jerusalem.-St. John "a pillar" of the Church . 122