The Gospel of John was long assumed to be the work of an eyewitness, usually identified as John, son of Zebedee. More recently, many have judged it the unhistorical product of a ""Johannine community."" Reconsideration by Richard Bauckham has suggested that the author was a Jerusalem disciple who housed the ""Last Supper."" This book explores the possibility that he was present at most of the events he described. It contends that John's Gospel reveals the real Jesus and that the Evangelist was one of the most perceptive Christian writers of all time. The Gospel strongly advocates belief that Jesus was uniquely related to God, and hence uniquely authoritative, thus providing an urgent evangelical thrust to this book. ""With passion and erudition Burnham makes a powerful case for a powerful Gospel. He invites us to take seriously John the Evangelist's claim to be an eyewitness of the events he so vividly reports and to be reporting for a reason: that the reader would believe and receive eternal life. May the Eagle indeed return to its rightful place in the study of the New Testament and in the church's faith and witness."" --Ben Pugh, Lecturer in New Testament and Applied Theology, Cliff College, UK C. Paul Burnham is a graduate of St. John's College, Cambridge, and retired as a Senior Lecturer in the University of London. For forty years he has been both a Methodist Local Preacher and an active Reader in the Church of England.