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John 20:2-4

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20:2 So she went running 1  to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. 2  20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 3  and reached the tomb first. 4 

1 tn Grk “So she ran and came.”

2 tn Grk “went out and were coming to the tomb.”

3 sn The other disciple (the ‘beloved disciple’) ran on ahead more quickly than Peter, so he arrived at the tomb first. This verse has been a chief factor in depictions of John as a young man (especially combined with traditions that he wrote last of all the gospel authors and lived into the reign of Domitian). But the verse does not actually say anything about John’s age, nor is age always directly correlated with running speed.

4 tn Grk “and came first to the tomb.”



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