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Mobile Ed: NT323 Book Study: The Gospel of John (11 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT323 Book Study: The Gospel of John (11 hour course)

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Overview

Book Study: The Gospel of John (NT323) is an application-based study of John’s Gospel. It encourages the student to read the Gospel as an ancient text written to a group of Jewish Christians in the Diaspora. The study reflects on the purpose of the book, which is to inspire and build faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and to demonstrate that committing to this faith will bring eternal life.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify the various witnesses throughout John’s Gospel
  • Illustrate the variety of ways John’s Gospel keeps pressing forward to Jesus’ passion
  • Describe the dualism in John’s Gospel
  • Explain the general sense of “the Jews” throughout John’s Gospel
  • Illustrate how John’s Gospel uses three key Jewish festivals
  • Describe the “remnant” theology of John’s Gospel
  • Describe the nature of sacramentalism in John’s Gospel
  • Illustrate the use of misunderstanding and irony throughout John’s Gospel
  • Analyze the theology of the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel
  • Summarize the range of Jesus’ “I am” statements
  • Illustrate how John’s Gospel talks of unity between the Father and the Son and between Jesus and believers
  • Explain and illustrate what it means to “believe” in John’s Gospel
  • Summarize the arguments for date, authorship, and audience for John’s Gospel

Course Outline

Unit 1: Background

  • Introduction
  • Using the Clause Participants Section in the Bible Word Study Tool
  • What Is John?
  • Why Did John Write?
  • Using Greek Searching to Discover the Form of Faith in John’s Gospel
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 1
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 2
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 3
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 4
  • Seven Exegetical Questions
  • Major Narrative Divisions

Unit 2: Initial Presentation (John 1:1–4:54)

  • Prologue: Introduction
  • Prologue: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Prologue: Setting, Characters, and Key Terms
  • Prologue: Theological Ideas
  • Creating a Syntax Query to Discover the Greatness of Grace
  • Gospel of John’s Christology
  • John the Baptist’s Testimony about Jesus
  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Historical-Cultural Background
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Characters and Function
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Key Terms and Theological Ideas
  • Filtering a Bible to Display Only Verses on a Specific Topic
  • Wedding at Cana: Setting in the Larger Narrative
  • Exploring John’s Chronology with Inline Searching
  • Wedding at Cana: The Story and Its Meaning
  • Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • Historical-Cultural Background of John 2
  • Function and Theology of John 2
  • Nicodemus Visits Jesus: Setting
  • Nicodemus Visits Jesus: Insufficient Faith
  • John’s Final Testimony to Christ
  • Nicodemus: Historical-Cultural Background, Part 1
  • Nicodemus: Historical-Cultural Background, Part 2
  • Nicodemus: Function in the Larger Framework of John
  • Nicodemus: Key Terms and Theological Ideas
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Discipleship and the Church
  • Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
  • Jesus Heals an Official’s Son in Galilee
  • Historical-Cultural Background of John 4
  • Theological Ideas of John 4
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Salvation

Unit 3: Intensifying Polarization (John 5:1–10:42)

  • Introduction: Jewish Festival Cycle
  • Using Different Tools to Study Feasts in the Gospel of John
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Introduction
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Theology
  • Event: Jesus Testing His Disciples
  • Teaching: Jesus Teaching about True Discipleship
  • Response: The Disciples Responding to Jesus
  • Function of John 6
  • Key Terms of John 6
  • Using the Clause Search to Find Instances of God Gathering Israel
  • Theological Ideas of John 6
  • Gospel of John’s Sacramentalism
  • Jesus and the Festival of Tabernacles: Introduction
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Conflict over Jesus’ Identity
  • A Pause: Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 1
  • A Pause: Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 2
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Rejection of Jesus’ Self-Revelation
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Jesus as the Good Shepherd
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Summary
  • Searching for the “I Am” Statements in John
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Key Terms
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Theological Ideas
  • Festival of Dedication: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Festival of Dedication
  • Festival of Dedication: Function and Theological Ideas

Unit 4: Final Presentation and Private Preparation (John 11:1–17:26)

  • Death and Resurrection of Lazarus: Context and Characters
  • Death and Resurrection of Lazarus: Function
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Place in the Larger Framework of John
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Function and Key Terms
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Theological Ideas
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Atonement
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Animals Used for Sin Offerings
  • Private Preparation: Context
  • Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
  • Gift of Bread for a Betrayer
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Part 1
  • Jesus’ Words about Abiding and Loving
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Part 2
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Function
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of the Holy Spirit
  • Finding the Trinity Using an Inline Search and Visual Filters
  • Jesus’ Prayer before His Arrest
  • Jesus’ Prayer before His Arrest: Function and Theology

Unit 5: Climactic Passion, Resurrection, and Epilogue (John 18:1–21:25)

  • Jesus’ Arrest, the Priest’s Interrogation, and Peter’s Denial
  • Pilate’s Interrogation and Jesus’ Kingdom
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, and Burial
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, and Burial: Function and Theology
  • Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances
  • John’s Epilogue
  • Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances: Function
  • Using Factbook and Visual Copy to Create a Custom Bible Introduction Presentation
  • Gospel of John: Jesus and the Beloved Apostle
  • Gospel of John: Old Look/New Look
  • Gospel of John: Authorship
  • Researching the Reliability of John’s Gospel with the Factbook
  • Gospel of John: Audience and Date
  • Gospel of John: A Jewish Gospel

Product Details

  • Title: NT323 Book Study: The Gospel of John
  • Instructor: Joel Willitts
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 11

About Joel Willitts

Dr. Joel Willitts is an associate professor in the biblical and theological studies department at North Park University. After graduating with a BS, he spent seven years in youth ministry in Texas, Florida, and Illinois. He earned a ThM (2000), an MPhil (2002), and a PhD (2007) from Cambridge University in England.

He has a wide breadth of experience within both the church and academia. Dr. Willitts has researched and published books, essays, and journal articles on the New Testament’s Jewish context. He is currently working on a Galatians commentary, a book on Jesus as the Davidic Son, and a book about sexual abuse.

Dr. Willitts’ passion for the local church has remained strong throughout his education and professional life. He is a fellow at the Center for Pastoral Theology, a group that promotes theology in and for the local church. He has been married to his wife, Karla, for 20 years, and they have six-year-old twins, Zion and Mary. They live in Saint Charles, Illinois.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.