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Mobile Ed: NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature (13 hour course)

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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.


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Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Discuss the issue of authorship in the Johannine corpus
  • Identify the likely author, date, genre, and social setting of each Johannine book
  • Describe the structure of John’s Gospel and summarize the main components of each section
  • Explain how Jewish Wisdom literature influenced the Gospel of John and 1 John
  • Discuss the relationship between 1 John and the Gospel of John
  • Explain the rhetorical strategy of 1 John and how it contributes to the book’s meaning
  • Summarize the contents of 2–3 John and the significance of their messages
  • Describe the genre of apocalyptic literature and how it affects interpretation of Revelation
  • Summarize the key components of Revelation

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
  • Taking Notes on the “Wisdom of John” Course
  • 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
  • Quiz – Unit 1

Unit 2: The Gospel of John: Prologue

  • Wisdom’s Way into the World
  • Researching Apocryphal Jewish Literature
  • Becoming Children of God
  • Quiz – Unit 2

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

  • John the Baptizer
  • Researching the Qumran Community
  • The Transition from John’s Ministry to Jesus’ Ministry
  • The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry and the First Sign
  • Performing a Bible Word Study on Semeion
  • Jesus’ Encounter with Nicodemus
  • Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 1
  • Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 1
  • Quiz – Unit 3a
  • Jesus’ Second Sign
  • Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
  • Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on Water
  • Using a Harmony of the Gospels to Find Parallels
  • 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
  • Finding All Instances of “Light” and “Life” Together
  • 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
  • Using Quick Comparison to Compare Translations of John 1:11
  • Quiz – Unit 3b

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
  • Tracking Jesus’ Use of “Hour” in John
  • Washing the Disciples’ Feet: The Setting
  • Washing the Disciples’ Feet: A Loving Act of Service
  • Quiz – Unit 4a
  • 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
  • Quiz – Unit 4b
  • 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
  • Quiz – Unit 4c

Unit 5: The Gospel of John: Epilogue

  • Breakfast by the Sea
  • Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Church
  • Quiz – Unit 5
  • Midterm Exam

Unit 6: Introduction to John's Epistles

  • Background Issues
  • Researching the Concepts of “Johannine Community” and “Johannine Literature”
  • Wisdom Literature and 1 John
  • Quiz – Unit 6

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
  • Finding the Technical Expression “Send Them on Their Way” in the New Testament
  • Authority in the Early Church
  • Quiz – Unit 7 & 8

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)
  • Discovering Key Terms in 1 John
  • Quiz – Unit 9a
  • 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
  • Quiz – Unit 9b

Unit 10: Introduction to the Book of Revelation

  • The Genre of Revelation
  • Apocalyptic Literature Defined
  • Apocalyptic Literature: Origins
  • Apocalyptic Literature: Symbolism
  • Highlighting All the Numbers in Revelation with Visual Filters
  • John of Patmos
  • Rhetoric in Revelation
  • The Structure of Revelation
  • Quiz – Unit 10

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
  • Finding the Distance between the Seven Churches Using the Bible Facts Tool
  • The Church at Pergamum
  • The Church at Thyatira
  • The Church at Sardis
  • The Church at Philadelphia
  • The Church at Laodicea
  • Quiz – Unit 11

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
  • Quiz – Unit 12

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
  • Quiz – Unit 13

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
  • Finding the Old Testament Allusions in Revelation
  • Quiz – Unit 14

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
  • Research the Millennium with the Topic and Sermon Starter Guides
  • Martyrs and Two Resurrections
  • Judgment and the End of Evil
  • Quiz – Unit 15

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
  • Conclusion: The Big Picture
  • Quiz – Unit 16
  • Final Exam
  • Title: NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature
  • Instructor: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
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  • Video Hours: 13
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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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