New Testament Book Study: Gospel of John

Speaker(s): Rikk Watts
Date: Fall 2016
Length: 30h 14m
Product ID: RGDL4621S

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Few works in Western literature have impressed the imagination as has the Gospel of John. Long noted for its distinctive character compared to the Synoptics, Clement of Alexandria called it a 'spiritual gospel.' It is unique among the Gospels for its fascinating, even poetic, tapestry of images and complex, intertwined argument.

Rich in history and theology, and designed to speak from Israel's narrative into the first century Greco-Roman world, John's story of Jesus is aptly described as a book in whose waters a child can wade and an elephant swim.

In this course, we will systematically exegete our way through the gospel with a view to understanding John's major themes and theological distinctive in terms of its original historical and cultural setting. We will examine how John's Jesus at the engages with and transforms, at the macro-level, Jewish symbols and Greek philosophical traditions, and, at the micro level, various individuals who come into relationship with him. In the process we will regularly consider John's meaning and relevance in our contemporary world.

A. Introduction to Course and John: The Old Consensus and the New Look; Authorship, Purpose, Structure, Historicity and Conceptual Background.

B. New Creational, New Exodus Word (1-2:12)

C. The New Temple (Passover): Nicodemus and John (2:13-3:36); The Samaritan Woman and the Official's Son (4:1-54)

D. The New Rest (Sabbath): The Healing of the Lame Man at Bethesda (5:1-42); The New Exodus (Passover): The Feeding of the 5000 and the Walking on the Water (6:1-21) and the Bread of Life (6:22-79)

E. The New Provision (Tabernacles): The Living Water (7:1-52) and the Light of the World (8:1-59)

F. The New Provision (Tabernacles; cont.): The Healing of the Blind Man (9:1-41) and Israel's True Shepherd (10:1-21)

G. The New Rededication (Hannukah): Jesus and God's Life-Giving Presence (10:22-42), the Raising of Lazarus (11:1-44), the Lord's Return to Zion and the Harrowing of Israel (11:45-12:50)

H. Farewell Discourses (13:1-16:4)

I. The Farewell Discourses (cont.) (16:5-17:26); The Passion Narrative: The New Passover (18:1-38)

J. The Passion Narrative: The New Passover (18:39-20:31); The Epilogue (21:1-25)

K. Johannine Theology: Christology, Soteriology, Witness, Response

L. Johannine Theology (cont.): Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Son of Man, Use of the Old Testament; Conclusion

See All Audio by Rikk Watts

Rikk E. Watts is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. Previously, he served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, La Trobe University, and the Bible College of Victoria (now the Melbourne School of Theology). He is author of Isaiah's New Exodus in Mark, as well as a founding member of On Being, an Australian Christian magazine.

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