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?


2 responses to “Who Is John of Acts 13?

  1. 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.

  2. 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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