New Two-Volume Edition of THE GOSPEL OF JOHN!

My publisher has finally released the complete edition of The Gospel of John, in two volumes, and well more than 1,000 pages! This is twice the length of the first edition!

GOJ-front 2vol IbFor those who haven’t heard, this is a restoration of the original version of the gospel, as written by two eyewitnesses of Jesus himself, Lazarus “the Beloved Disciple”, and the gifted scholar-author John the Presbyter. In subsequent decades, early religious leaders changed and changed again the text to make it conform to whatever their personal beliefs were about Jesus. And a couple pages of the original got lost, and other pages transposed. In short, the gospel we have today is a beautiful, inspiring mess, but a mess nonetheless. This work seeks to re-establish not the original manuscript, which GOJ-front 2vol IIwas never finished, but what John the Presbyter had hoped to publish.

It includes a book-within-the-book that tells the adventures, yes, adventures of the gospel manuscript – how the author, John the Presbyter, was turned in to the Roman authorities (probably by Saint Paul!) and sentenced to Patmos, and his nearly finished manuscript was spirited off for safekeeping in distant Sinope, on the Black Sea. But there a new governor, the famous Pliny the Younger, was bent on killing all Christians, and once again the manuscript was at risk. It was taken by a young fool named Marcion to Papias of Hierapolis, who had been a student of the now-deceased Presbyter. He and Polycarp of Smyrna finally completed and published the gospel, 35 years after the Presbyter’s exile.

GOJ-two vol back vol i luluThe translation also completely reworks chapters 4 and 20, basing the restoration more on the extremely early Aramaic recensions of the text – remember, Jesus and his people spoke Aramaic. The new renderings bring out far more clearly the nature of Jesus’s relationship with Mary Magdalene.

If you go to there are links for getting Volumes I and II in hardcover, softcover, or Kindle format.

Second Edition of THE GOSPEL OF JOHN On Sale!

The Second Edition of The Gospel of John is now on sale.

This translation is the first in two thousand years to attempt a restoration of the original version of the gospel text. Several portions are out of proper sequence in the familiar version, probably from when the manuscript was transported from Jerusalem to Pontus and then Ephesus. After that, the leaders of the nascent Christian religion cut passages out that conflicted with their dogma of Jesus as a Roman-style godling, and they also added other passages.

Gospel of John Second EditionThis is a fresh translation, besides, from the original Greek. It is also unique among translations because the extremely early Aramaic version of the Gospel of John was also constantly reviewed, and sometimes that version is the basis for the translation, rather than the Greek. This Aramaic version is so old that some Christian denominations consider it the original. And remember, Jesus and his friends all spoke Aramaic!

Besides, there are some six hundred pages of introduction and commentaries to guide the reader through the intricacies of this text. It gives the deeper meanings of words and discusses their implications. It gives the famous classical works that the gospel paraphrases – Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, and Euripides’s Bacchae, amongst others.

What’s new in the Second Edition?

Several of the blogs below will give you a taste of the additional material – what Jesus and Mary were really saying to each other outside the tomb of resurrection, for instance – and it was definitely not “Do not touch me!”

Click on “Books by James David Audlin” in the black bar above, and navigate to “Nonfiction by James David Audlin”. There, you will find an introduction to this masterwork and links for ordering your own copy.


After thirty-seven years of work, my nineteenth book is coming out – and this is a special one!

Many of you have let me know your appreciation for the blogs below, which are “teasers” from the commentaries included in this work. If you’ve read them, you’ll want to read the whole thing. If you haven’t read them, enjoy them below, and know that there’s MUCH more of the same in this book.

So what is this nineteenth and special published book?

The Gospel of John is one of the world’s greatest works of literature, modelled on classical Greek philosophy and drama, but soaring above these in its own new genre. It was itself less successfully imitated later.

And John’s is the only narrative gospel with a legitimate claim to composition by an eyewitness to Jesus – the anonymous Beloved Disciple. But the original work was never completed. Others later edited the manuscript to suit the doctrines of the new Christian religion, even adding some spurious new material. Making things worse, much of the book got badly disordered over time. Simply put, the gospel as we have it today is a mess.

This translation undoes the damage to restore – not the unfinished original text, but the masterpiece the Beloved Disciple and his amanuensis sought to compose. By so doing, we gain a sharply drawn first-hand account of Jesus of Nazareth. Here we encounter a vividly real man sent by God to urge humanity to accept God’s will – described in a narrative set down before creeds and doctrines repackaged him as God incarnate.

For a world that has replaced truth with lies, spirituality with commerce, wisdom with hatred, this is a work that gives us pure, undiluted sacred wisdom as shared with us by a man many call the greatest who has ever lived.

Includes Introduction and Commentaries that burnish this masterpiece for the modern reader.

Several of the blog entries below are taken from the Introduction, giving you a taste of what this book has to say.

The book is available now in hardcover IF YOU CLICK HERE and also in softcover IF YOU CLICK HERE.

And either you can watch here or THIS PAGE for a link to the e-book editions as well, which will be published very soon.