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Mobile Ed: NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature (audio)

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Why is the Johannine literature—Gospel of John, 1–3 John, and Revelation—so different from the other books in the New Testament? What does the style of these books tell us about Jesus and his message to the church? Dr. Ben Witherington III—one the world’s top evangelical scholars—walks through one-third of the New Testament and covers several genres so you will encounter these familiar books with fresh eyes. He examines these books not only as a group, but also individually with an emphasis on the social and historical context of each one.

Dr. Witherington packed the last three decades of his research on Johannine literature into this course, designed specifically for Mobile Ed. Read the Johannine literature as you never have before—through the lens of Jewish wisdom literature—and deepen your understanding of God’s Word.

This is the audio only version of NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature. To purchase the full course, click here.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker
  • Introducing Johannine Literature

Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospel of John

  • The Voice and Style of the Gospel of John
  • The Date and Provenance of the Gospel of John
  • The Purpose of the Gospel of John
  • History in the Gospel of John
  • The Structure of the Gospel of John
  • The Genre of the Gospel of John

Unit 2: The Gospel of John: Prologue

  • Wisdom’s Way into the World
  • Becoming Children of God

Unit 3: The Gospel of John: The Book of Signs

  • John the Baptizer
  • The Transition from John’s Ministry to Jesus’ Ministry
  • The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry and the First Sign
  • Jesus’ Encounter with Nicodemus
  • Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 1
  • Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 2
  • Jesus’ Second Sign
  • Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
  • Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on Water
  • Different Responses to Jesus
  • The Woman Caught in Adultery
  • The Man Born Blind: Sickness, Sin, and God’s Purpose
  • The Man Born Blind: Spiritual Blindness and Sight
  • The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
  • The Character of the Good Shepherd
  • The Raising of Lazarus: The Setting
  • The Raising of Lazarus: Death Defined
  • The Raising of Lazarus: Jesus’ Emotions

Unit 4: The Gospel of John: The Book of Glory

  • Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 1
  • Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 2
  • The Triumphal Entry
  • Predicting the Passion
  • Washing the Disciples’ Feet: The Setting
  • Washing the Disciples’ Feet: A Loving Act of Service
  • Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
  • “I Am” the Way
  • The Coming of Another Advocate
  • The Vine and the Branches
  • The High Priestly Prayer
  • The Garden Arrest
  • The First Trial and Peter’s Denial
  • The Trial before Pilate: The Man and His Rule
  • The Trial before Pilate: The Dialogues
  • The Trial before Pilate: Pilate’s Authority
  • The Crucifixion
  • At the Foot of the Cross
  • The Burial of Jesus
  • The Resurrection: The First Appearance
  • The Resurrection: The Second Appearance
  • The Resurrection: The Third Appearance

Unit 5: The Gospel of John: Epilogue

  • Breakfast by the Sea
  • Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Church
  • Background Issues
  • Wisdom Literature and 1 John

Unit 7: Second John: Truth and Love in the Church

  • Introduction and Background: 2 John 1–3
  • Walking in Truth: 2 John 4–11
  • Joy and Reconciliation: 2 John 12–13

Unit 8: Third John: Troubleshooting in the Church

  • Resolving a Church Problem
  • Authority in the Early Church

Unit 9: First John: Theological Ethics

  • The Rhetorical and Social Settings
  • First John and the Gospel of John
  • The Exordium: 1 John 1:1–4
  • Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 1:5–10)
  • Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:1–6)
  • Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:7–17)
  • Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:18–27)
  • Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:28–3:2)
  • Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:3–10)
  • Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:11–24)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:1–6)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:7–19)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:20–5:5)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:6–12)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:13–17)
  • Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:18–21)
  • Concluding Thoughts

Unit 10: Introduction to the Book of Revelation

  • The Genre of Revelation
  • Apocalyptic Literature Defined
  • Apocalyptic Literature: Origins
  • Apocalyptic Literature: Symbolism
  • John of Patmos
  • Rhetoric in Revelation
  • The Structure of Revelation

Unit 11: Revelation: Inaugural Vision and Seven Messages to Churches

  • The Prologue
  • The Inaugural Vision: Its Content and Christology
  • The Inaugural Vision: Its Context and Clues
  • The Church at Ephesus
  • The Church at Smyrna
  • The Church at Pergamum
  • The Church at Thyatira
  • The Church at Sardis
  • The Church at Philadelphia
  • The Church at Laodicea

Unit 12: Revelation: Visions of Heavenly Worship

  • The Worship Scene in Revelation 4
  • The Nature of Worship and Revelation 4
  • The Worship Scene in Revelation 5

Unit 13: Revelation: Seven Seals and Trumpets

  • Six Seals
  • The 144,000 and the Great Multitude
  • The Seventh Seal and the Trumpets
  • Prayers and Judgment
  • The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet
  • The Two Witnesses and the Final Kingdom

Unit 14: Revelation: Conflict with Satan

  • An Interlude: The Woman and the Dragon
  • The Identity of Mr. 666
  • The Beasts
  • The Lamb and the Faithful
  • Symbolic Names in Revelation

Unit 15: Revelation: Seven Bowls and Two Cities

  • Prophecy and the Present
  • The Seven Bowls
  • The Woman on the Beast
  • The Fall of Babylon
  • The Rider on the White Horse
  • Introduction to the Millennial Kingdom
  • Martyrs and Two Resurrections
  • Judgment and the End of Evil

Unit 16: Revelation: New Jerusalem and New Creation

  • Restored and Renewed
  • The Importance of Resurrection
  • The New Jerusalem
  • Touring the New Jerusalem
  • A Bright, Bright Future
  • Final Words
  • Salvation in the New Testament


  • The Big Picture

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About Ben Witherington III

Dr. Ben Witherington III is considered one of the foremost evangelical scholars in the world and is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), a society dedicated to New Testament studies. Dr. Witherington received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Durham. He currently serves as the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

A popular lecturer, Dr. Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings—not only in the United States, but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia. Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Dr. Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX network.

He is the author of over 40 books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical-studies works by Christianity Today.


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