Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Good Book Club - Gospel of John

In the beginning was the Word…
Start 2020 with a renewed commitment to the Word of God. The Good Book Club returns for a third year with the Gospel of John. We’ll read the compelling account—inspired by “the disciple whom Jesus loved”—during the time from Epiphany (January 6) through Shrove Tuesday (February 25).

Resources available downstairs in the Undercroft and online:

Bible Study on the Gospel of John
Wednesdays at 10:30 am

The Gospel of John Introduction
The Gospel of John is the fourth of the canonical gospels. The book went through two to three stages, or "editions", before reaching its current form around AD 90–110. It is written anonymously, although it identifies an unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved" as the source of its traditions.

The Gospel of John is closely related in style and content to the three Johannine epistles, and most scholars treat the four books, along with the Book of Revelation, as a single corpus of Johannine literature, albeit not from the same author.

The discourses contained in this gospel seem to be concerned with issues of the church–synagogue debate at the time of composition. It is notable that in John, the community appears to define itself primarily in contrast to Judaism, rather than as part of a wider Christian community. Though Christianity started as a movement within Judaism, it gradually separated from Judaism because of mutual opposition between the two religions. 
The structure of John is highly schematic: there are seven "signs" culminating in the raising of Lazarus (foreshadowing the resurrection of Jesus), and seven "I am" sayings and discourses, culminating in Thomas's proclamation of the risen Jesus as "my Lord and my God.” (Wikipedia)

· Prologue (1:1–18)
· Book of Signs (1:19–12:50)
· Book of Glory (13:1–20:31)
· Epilogue (Chapter 21)

Reading Schedule:

1. John 1-2:12
2. John 2:13-4:54
3. John 5:1-6:71
4. John 7:1-9:34
5. John 9:35-12:11
6. John 12:12-15:17
7. John 15:18-19:30
8. John 19:31-21:25

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