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An illuminated manuscript of the Gospel of John from an Arabic copy of the four Gospels from 1684 AD.  The copy was made in Egypt by Ilyās Bāsim Khūrī Bazzī Rāhib, who was most likely a Coptic monk.  Photo credit:  Walters Art Museum Ms. W.592 folio 212a, Public domain.

Messages on

the Gospel of John,

Letters of John, and Revelation

 

Thematic Study

Jesus as God's New Humanity, Healing Us

John 1:1 - 18

Why Trust Jesus?
John 4:1 - 29 Can Jesus Satisfy Our Thirst?
John 8:31 - 37 How Jesus Sets Us Free
John 14:8 - 21 Knowing God from the Inside by the Spirit
John 14:15 - 23 The Trinity and Heaven
John 14:22 - 31 The Words of God through Our Words
John 14:22 - 26 Why We Don't Need to See Jesus 
1 John 3:11 - 18 Stewardship:  True Care for Others
1 John 4:9 - 14 Knowing the Love of God

Thematic Study

Heaven and Hell and the Theme of Fire in the Book of Revelation (and ppts)

Revelation 19 - 22

Heaven and Hell
Revelation 19 - 22 Hell as the Love of God (and ppts)

Small Group Leader Notes on

 the Gospel of John,

Letters of John, and Revelation

 

John 1:1 - 18

Jesus Defines Who God Is and Who Humanity Is
John 1:1 - 18 Jesus is at the Center of the Universe, Not You
John 1:19 - 51 The Chain of Witnesses

John 2:1 - 12

Jesus' Fullness:  A Hint of the New
John 2:13 - 25 Jesus' Fullness:  The Fall of the Old
John 3:1 - 21 Glimpses of a New Humanity
John 3:22 - 36 I Must Decrease, Jesus Must Increase
John 4:1 - 29 Can Jesus Satisfy Our Thirst?
John 4:1 - 42 Jesus' Witness to Samaria
John 4:30 - 54 Belief on What Basis?

John 5:1 - 15

Jesus Calls Us Out of Self-Pity
John 5:16 - 47 The Son Testifies About the Father, and Vice Versa
John 6:1 - 21 Jesus is the New Bread of Life
John 6:22 - 51 You Are What You Eat
John 6:52 - 71 Where Else Shall We Go?
John 7:1 - 53 The Law, Jesus, and the True Fountain of Life
John 8:1 - 11 The Woman Caught in Adultery: A Lesson in the True Intent of the Jewish Law
John 8:12 - 36 Jesus Grants True Freedom
John 8:37 - 59 Who's Your Daddy?
John 9:1 - 41 Jesus Gives Sight to the Blind
John 10:1 - 21 Jesus is the Door and the Shepherd

John 10:22 - 42

Jesus' Case to Be Messiah, and the Case Against Him
John 11:1 - 44 Jesus Raises the Dead
John 12:1 - 19 Jesus' Last Visit to Jerusalem
John 12:20 - 50 The Time Has Come
John 13:1 - 38 Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
John 14:1 - 7 Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life
John 14:8 - 21 Jesus' Spirit in Us
John 14:22 - 31 Jesus' Word and His Spirit
John 15:1 - 17 The Vine and the Branches, Part One: Abiding
John 15:1 - 17 The Vine and the Branches, Part Two: Loving
John 15:18 - 16:3 Like Teacher, Like Student
John 16:4 - 16 The Holy Spirit's Work
John 16:17 - 33 Joy, Sorrow, and Courage
John 17:1 - 13 Jesus' Prayer For Us, Part 1
John 17:14 - 26 Jesus' Prayer For Us, Part 2
John 18:1 - 19:16 The Two Trials
John 19:17 - 42 The Revealing of Jesus
John 20:1 - 31 To Believe is to Be Sent
John 21:1 - 25 Jesus Restores the Fallen

Thematic Study

The Theme of Fire in Revelation

Revelation 17:1 - 18:24

The Fall of Human Civilization

Personal Study Notes on

 the Gospel of John,

Letters of John, and Revelation

 

John 1:1 - 18

Jesus Defines Who God Is and Who Humanity Is
John 1:1 - 18 Jesus is at the Center of the Universe, Not You
John 1:19 - 51 The Chain of Witnesses

John 2:1 - 12

Jesus' Fullness:  A Hint of the New
John 2:13 - 25 Jesus' Fullness:  The Fall of the Old
John 3:1 - 21 Glimpses of a New Humanity
John 3:22 - 36

I Must Decrease, Jesus Must Increase

John 4:1 - 29 Can Jesus Satisfy Our Thirst?
John 4:1 - 42 Jesus' Witness to Samaria
John 4:30 - 54 Belief on What Basis?

John 5:1 - 15

Jesus Calls Us Out of Self-Pity
John 5:16 - 47 The Son Testifies About the Father, and Vice Versa
John 6:1 - 21 Jesus is the New Bread of Life

  

Notes and Essays on

the Gospel of John,

Letters of John, and Revelation

 

The Theme of New Creation in John's Gospel

 

The Theme of New Exodus in John's Gospel

 

The Theme of New Creation, New Exodus, New Humanity in John's Gospel

 

The Theme of the Father-Son Relationship: Teaching the Trinity

 

The Theme of Becoming Children of God

 

The Prophecy of Ezekiel in the Gospel of John

 

Jesus, the Bronze Serpent, and the Healing of Humanity:

Exegesis of John 3:14 - 15

A paper written for Dr. Bruce Beck at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Spring 2019. Explores intertextual use of Numbers and Isaiah by John's Gospel

 

Does John Quote the Old Testament Out of Context?

An Examination of John 19:17 - 42

 

Did God Leave Some People's Names Out of His Book? 

An Examination of Revelation 13:8

Helpful Books and Articles on

the Writings of John

 

Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, The Literary Guide to the Bible (Amazon book, Sep 1, 1990) and pdf book has helpful insights into the Gospels

 

Robert Tannehill, The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, Volumes 1 and 2 (Amazon book, Sep 1, 1991) and pdf book is an excellent literary treatment of Luke that helps with all narrative, including Matthew

 

N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God (Amazon book, Sep 1992) has valuable historical context, and high level survey of Matthew

 

Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou, Andrew of Caesarea and the Apocalypse in the Ancient Church of the East (PhD dissertation, 2008) the earliest commentary on the Book of Revelation, dating back to 611 AD

 

Greg Boyd, Greg's Response to Driscoll's "Is God a Pacifist" Part 1 (ReKnew blog, Oct 28, 2013)

 

Greg Boyd, Greg's Response to Driscoll's "Is God a Pacifist" Part 2 (ReKnew blog, Oct 28, 2013)

 

Greg Boyd, Greg's Response to Driscoll's "Is God a Pacifist" Part 3 (ReKnew blog, Oct 29, 2013) 

 

Paradosis, Engaging the Gospel of John (audio lectures, Sep 25 - 27, 2014)

 

Father Aidan Kimel, Recovering the Good News of Predestination (Eclectic Orthodoxy blog, Nov 12, 2014) contrasts Augustine and Maximus Confessor on John 6:39

 

Fr. Lawrence Farley, David Bentley Hartís "The New Testament: a Translation" (No Other Foundation blog, Oct 9, 2017) has important comments about the Greek word aioniov and the theory of universalism

A ceiling fresco in the Catacomb of Priscilla, in Rome, painted circa 250 - 300 AD. The central figure of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (from John 10:1 - 21).  Photo credit:  Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.