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[joh-han-in, -ahyn]
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  1. of or relating to the apostle John or to the books in the New Testament attributed to him.
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Origin of Johannine

First recorded in 1860–65; Johann(es) + -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • The Johannine or Eastern churches, which regarded John as their founder.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • In the Johannine tradition this saying has become “I am the light of the world.”

  • Love is the ‘very self-hood’ of God, says Ruysbroeck in strict Johannine language.


    Evelyn Underhill

  • The cosmology is thoroughly Johannine, and only awaits the name of the Logos.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

  • The next passage pointed out as derived from the Johannine Gospel occurs in the same chapter: "My sheep hear my voice."

Word Origin and History for johannine



"of or pertaining to the Apostle John," 1861, from Latin Joannes (see John) + -ine (1).

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