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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The Apostle, the son of Zebedee and Salome, the sister of the virgin Mary; originally a fisherman on the Galilæan Lake; after being a disciple of John the Baptist became one of the earliest disciples of Christ; much beloved and trusted by his Master; lived after His death for a time in Jerusalem, and then at Ephesus as bishop, where he died at a great age; he lived to see the rise of the Gnostic heresy, against which, as a denial that Christ had come in the flesh, he protested with his last breath as an utter denial of Christ; he is represented in Christian art as either writing his Gospel, or as bearing a chalice out of which a serpent issues, or as in a caldron of boiling oil.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'John, St.'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/j/john-st.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.
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