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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE LAW CALLED

JOHN

 

Overview:

This record of the life of Jesus is widely perceived as having been written to a largely Christian audience. Accordingly, this work focuses on the divine nature of Jesus, presenting him as the pre-existent, eternal Word of God who pitched his tent (as the literal Greek of John 1:14 records the event) for a time among the people whom he came to save. This work focuses on a number of “I AM” claims made by Jesus regarding his nature that link the identity, essential character, and nature of Jesus directly and unmistakably to the Name of God recorded in Exodus 3:14. This book may be studied in seven parts:

(1) The Messiah's Eternal Existence (1:1-51),
(2) Cana Events (2:1-4:54),
(3) Festival Events (5:1-11:47),
(4) Preparing the Lamb of God (12:1-50),
(5) Closing Events (13:1-17:26),
(6) Suffering and Death Narrative (18:1-19:42), and
(7) Resurrection Events (20:1-21:25).

Iconographic Representation:

Early Christian tradition identified the four Gospels with icons based on the four faces of angelic creatures described in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation (cf. Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14; Rev. 4:7ff; 21:13ff), and also reflecting the encampment of ancient Israel in the wilderness. John's Gospel has been symbolized as an eagle, representing the camp of Dan standing north of the Tabernacle and serving as an expression of the character of the Messiah's soaring majesty by presenting him as the Word, God Himself in full, majestic, eternal, and all-powerful Deity and now permanently incarnate as a human being.

Authorship:

Early church tradition attributed this work to John, arguably one of the closest friends that Jesus maintained while in ministry. Highly developed and intricate claims portraying Jesus as both Messiah and as God incarnate are cited in John's narrative of what Jesus—and not merely John as the writer of this book—had to say about his nature and person, since the “I AM” statements are recorded as actual quotations from Jesus himself, not merely theological statements or conclusions about his nature. The early church father Irenaeus wrote that the Apostle John published this Gospel “during his residence at Ephesus in Asia” (Against Heresies 3.1.1).

Composition Date:

Conservative scholars suggest that this work was completed well before the destruction of Jerusalem's Temple in 70 AD, since no mention is made about this momentous event within it. Speculation by non-conservative critics that this Gospel was composed as late as ca. 170 AD were refuted by discovery of the Roberts Fragment 52, which contains parts of John 8:31–38, demonstrating that John's Gospel had gained enough history and wide-spread acceptance to have been circulated extensively by the early years of the second century AD, which in turns suggests that the Gospel of John had been complete for many decades before the beginning years of the second century AD.

Messianic Theme:

The Gospel for Believers—Who is the Messiah?

 

Introduction to the book of John taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

JOHN | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24
O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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