How many unique individuals in the New Testament are named John?

John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1)

John, son of Zebedee (Matthew 4:21) He was one of the twelve disciples and the human author of the gospel and epistles that bear his name.

John, the father of Simon Peter (John 1:42)

John, a member of the high priest’s family (Acts 4:6)

John Mark, a relative of Barnabas (Acts 12:25)

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