Gospel and Letters of John

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Gospel and Letters of John Study Guide Read the Introduction to John in the New Oxford Annotated Bible. Have the handout “Outline of John” beside you as you read the Gospel. Read John 1:1-18 and the annotations. This is apparently an early Christian hymn. It uses the descending/ascending redeemer motif to express the relationship of God to Jesus. Read the handout “Influence of OT Wisdom motif on the NT,” along with the passages listed on the handout. Most scholars think that this hymn in the prologue to John is influenced by the ideas that developed about Wisdom: Wisdom was present with God before creation and was active in the creation of everything. Wisdom became embodied in Torah. Wisdom pervades everything and holds everything together. Similarly in the prologue to John, God’s Word was “in the beginning with God,” “everything came into being through him,” “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Read John 1:19-2:11 Does the Gospel of John portray Jesus being baptized by John the baptizer? What does John the baptizer call Jesus? Which of the disciples named in this section was not mentioned in the synoptic gospels? Is the story in John 2:1-11 found in the synoptic gospels? Why is this story important, according to 2:11? Read John 1:12-11:57 – The Book of Signs This large section of the Gospel is called “The Book of Signs” because it is filled with “signs” that point to who Jesus is and why he is important. “Sign” is John’s word for what the synoptic writers call “mighty works” or “miracles.” In each of the seven sections of the Book of Signs the Gospel writer demonstrates that Jesus brings a new dimension to life that is far superior to the religious practices that preceded Jesus. 2:12-3:21: This story about Jesus’ driving merchants and moneychangers out of the Temple is found at the end of Jesus’ ministry in the synoptics. Here the combination of the temple story and the Nicodemus story communicate that Jesus replaces the Temple and the interpretations of the religious leaders. 1
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Jesus tells Nicodemus, “You must be born anothen . This word can mean either “again” or “from above.” Which meaning does Nicodemus assume? Which meaning does Jesus assume? 3:22-4:3: Some scholars believe that the Christians for whom the Gospel of John was originally written may have been a group that included former followers of John the baptizer. It was important for them to realize that being baptized in the name of Jesus replaced the baptism of repentance preached by John. 4:4-54: The woman at the well. Jesus makes it clear that the worship that he introduces
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