The supposition that the author was one and the same with the beloved disciple is often advanced as a means of insuring that the evangelist did witness Jesus' ministry.
Hence, scholars estimate that Jesus began preaching, and gathering followers, around AD 27-29.
In the course of one year, this plan reads through the entire Bible. (There is another chronological Bible plan that reads from both the Old and New Testament each day) There are usually 3 chapters per day.
A blanket of snow covers the little town of Bethlehem, in Pieter Bruegel’s oil painting from 1566.
is part of the appendix of the gospel and should not be assumed to have come from the same hand as that responsible for the body of the gospel.
Neither of these passages, therefore, persuades many Johannine scholars that the author claims eyewitness status.