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JOHN (Heb. llni')

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 432 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN (Heb. llni'), Volt¢nan, " Yahweh has been gracious," Gr. 'Iw&vvrls, Lat. Joannes, Ital. Giovanni, Span. Juan, Port. Joao, Fr. Jean, Ger. Johannes, Johann [abbr. Hans], Gael. Ian, Pol. and Czech Jan, Hung. Janos), a masculine proper name common in all Christian countries, its popularity being due to its having been borne by the " Beloved Disciple " of Christ, St John the Evangelist, and by the forerunner of Christ, St John the Baptist. It has been the name of twenty-two popes—the style of Popes John XXII. and XXIII. being due to an error in the number assumed by John XXI. (q.v.)—and of many sovereigns, princes, &c. The order followed in the biographical notices below is as follows: (1) the Apostle, (2) the Baptist, (3) popes, (4) Roman emperors, (5) kings; John of England first, the rest in the alphabetical order of their countries, -(6) other sovereign princes, (7) non-sovereign princes, (8) saints, (9) theologians, chroniclers, &c. Those princes who are known by a name in addition to John (John Albert, &c.) will be found after the article JOHN, GOSPEL OF.
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