Who Is John of Acts 13?

Luke mentions a man named John in Acts 13:5 as helping Paul and Barnabas in their ministry, but then says he left them in Acts 13:13. Who is this John?


8 responses to “Who Is John of Acts 13?

  1. Eddie

    May 27, 2019 at 06:39

    Greetings Paula, and thank you for your continued interest in this subject, and for your humble heart. Lord bless you.

    “John from Acts is John, the son of Zebedee…” that depends on which John you are making the son of Zebedee. The John who was with Peter in Acts 3, 4 and 8 is John, the son of Zebedee. There are two Johns in Acts 12. John the brother of James in Acts 12:2 is also the son of Zebedee, but the John of Acts 12:12, 25 is the John (Mark) who wrote down what we call the Gospel of Mark. He was Barnabas’s nephew. John Mark is also the same John who went with Paul and Barnabas on their journey to Galatia in Acts 13, but he then turned back to Jerusalem.

  2. Eddie

    May 27, 2019 at 06:24

    Hi Paula. If he was too young, it would have been irresponsible for Paul and Barnabas to bring him along on this very dangerous mission. After all, folks did try to kill the team in Galatia. I have a study on this matter: “Why Did Mark Leave Paul?” if you care to read it.

  3. Paula

    May 26, 2019 at 14:46

    Ed, I now see that John Mark of Acts 13 is the young nephew of Barnabus. He leaves them to go back home, maybe he was just too young?

  4. Paula

    May 26, 2019 at 14:21

    Ed, I thank you for setting me straight and making me go back and look at my Bible and study material. I am wrong. I also see in Wilmington’s Guide that John from Acts is John, son of Zebedee! He is the one that assumed the responsibility of caring for Mary, mother of Jesus. John 19:27. He is one of the Sons of Thunder. He is John the Revelator.

  5. Eddie

    May 26, 2019 at 12:01

    Greetings Paula. What is your authority for John being Jesus’ half brother? According to Matthew 13:55, Jesus’ half brothers are: James, Joses, Simon, and Judas. Mark 6:3 lists the same men: James, Joses, Juda, and Simon. The only difference is the places of Joses and Simon are transposed. If Jesus could have left Mary in the care of one of his brothers, no doubt he would have left her in the care of James, next to Jesus in age. However, due to Roman law, anyone executed for a capital offense had his property, including his lands seized. There was no real hope that Mary could have been cared for by anyone in Jesus’ immediate family. He left her in the care of the beloved disciple, who was very rich, according to whom I believe him to be.

  6. Paula

    May 26, 2019 at 11:24

    John-Mark was the half brother of Jesus, another of Mary’s sons by Joseph. Jesus left Mary in his care, so I believe he left Paul and Barnabus to go take care of his mother. He was not called to preach to the gentile world but to take care of his mother. John 19:27 Acts 12:12

  7. Eddie

    February 4, 2015 at 09:38

    The man called “John” in Acts 13 is John who is also called Mark. Compare Acts 13:13 with Acts 15:37-38. As for why he left Paul, it had something to do with Paul’s ministry to the governor, Sergius Paulus, and / or Paul’s treatment of Elymas (Acts 13:8), who may have been a follower of sorts of Jesus (Acts 13:6). I have written a study on Elymas here and here.

    There is some thought that Mark may have been a very strict Jew. That is, he was very observant of the Law and, at least before Acts 15, had trouble merging with gentile believers. It would have been something like this that offended him and was instrumental in his unexpected departure to Jerusalem.

  8. Pat Hallam

    February 4, 2015 at 08:46

    I like this place that you’ve created for random questions and discussions regarding the Bible. In doing a search about why John returned to Jerusalem after the incident in Cyprus I wondered if this was the same John as the disciple anf why did her return or leave Paul and Barnabas I came across your document here on Word Press about it. i am still wondering just who this John was. Thank you for taking the time to give me your answer. Pat


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