Thomas Aquinas on the dating of John's gospel

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I came across this rather odd comment in Thomas Aquinas's commentary on John concerning the dating of the book (he is replying to Jerome's Prologue):

For after all the other books of Sacred Scripture, this Gospel was written. For although the canon of Scripture begins with the book of Genesis and ends in Revelation, this Gospel was composed after John was recalled from the island of Patmos to Asia, where he wrote this Gospel at the request of the bishops of Asia. But nevertheless it is not ranked last, although he wrote it last. From this the fittingness of his writing the Gospel is shown so that for the one for whom in the beginning of the canon of Sacred Scripture, where it is said: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1), an incorruptible beginning is set down in Genesis, to him also an incorruptible end is rendered by a virgin in the book of Revelation, as regards the order of the books, not as to the order of Scripture.

Thomas Aquinas, Super Evangelium S. Ioannis Lectura (1270-72), Ex.n19.2.


Unshaven and anonymous
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He's not alone in believing that Revelation was written before the Gospel of John.
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