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Bible As Literature Gospel of John April 21, 2010
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Administrative Friday Quiz 7 at the beginning of class Final Essays and Exam passages Passed out in class Posted on compass in the “Exam” folder Email notification for groups Next Week: Apocalyptic Literature No reading for M; Read Revelation for W/F No lecture slides posted for this week Quiz 8 on Friday Covers lectures and Revelation
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Gospel of John Presence of the Incarnate Word
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John and the Synoptics Chronological Differences Multiple Passovers mentioned Date of Jesus’ death Geographical Differences Jerusalem-centered action Multiple trips to Jerusalem
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Key Scenes Unique to John Wedding at Cana Night Interview with Nicodemus Encounter with the Samaritan Woman Woman caught in adultery Raising of Lazarus Foot washing Doubting Thomas
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Synoptic Scenes Omitted in John Birth narrative Rejection at Nazareth Confession of Peter Legal disputes with Pharisees All exorcisms Passover meal at last supper Centurion’s confession Some forms of teaching material
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Shared traditions sharply modified Baptism by John Temple assault Trial before high priest Trial before Pilate
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An outline of the Gospel Prologue (1:1-18) Hymn to “Word” (Logos) as the creative agent of the cosmos “Book of Signs” (1:19-12:50) Public ministry of Jesus depicted as an act of self-revelation designed to produce “belief” in him. “Book of Glory” (13:1-20:31) Final Days of Jesus’ life depicted as the ultimate glorification of the Word and its ascent to Father. Epilogue (21:1-24) Final account of the “beloved disciple” to whom the authority for the narrative is attributed Overall Dynamic: Descent of the divine word into human affairs and the revelation of God’s glory.
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Part I: Book of Signs Descent of the Word
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Beginning: Gathering a community of belief Five-day sequence that begins at the Jordan and culminates with “first sign” at Cana. Baptism of John John explicitly confesses “I am not the Messiah” (1:20, 24-27) Key passage: “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. . . .I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel. . .the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen that this is the Son of God.” (1:29-34) Gathering of Disciples - First disciples come from John (1:35-37) - Identify him as “Messiah” (1:41) - Jesus renames Simon as Cephas (1:42) - Identify him as “Son of God” and “King of Israel” (1:49) - First “sign” (Cana) reveals glory to disciples (2:1-11)
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The Central Motif: “Signs” Signs enumerated:
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