NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature

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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 the Mobile Education format. Read the Johannine literature as you never have before—through the lens of Jewish wisdom literature—and deepen your understanding of God’s Word.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker

Introducing the Speaker

1m

Introduction to the Gospel of John

Introducing Johannine Literature

Introducing Johannine Literature

6m
The Voice and Style of the Gospel of John

The Voice and Style of the Gospel of John

5m
The Date and Provenance of the Gospel of John

The Date and Provenance of the Gospel of John

6m
Taking Notes on the “Wisdom of John” Course

Taking Notes on the “Wisdom of John” Course

8m
The Purpose of the Gospel of John

The Purpose of the Gospel of John

3m
History in the Gospel of John

History in the Gospel of John

5m
The Structure of the Gospel of John

The Structure of the Gospel of John

7m

The Gospel of John: Prologue

The Genre of the Gospel of John

The Genre of the Gospel of John

6m
Wisdom’s Way into the World

Wisdom’s Way into the World

6m
Researching Apocryphal Jewish Literature

Researching Apocryphal Jewish Literature

7m

The Gospel of John: The Book of Signs

Becoming Children of God

Becoming Children of God

5m
John the Baptizer

John the Baptizer

6m
Researching the Qumran Community

Researching the Qumran Community

4m
The Transition from John’s Ministry to Jesus’ Ministry

The Transition from John’s Ministry to Jesus’ Ministry

6m
The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry and the First Sign

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry and the First Sign

10m
Performing a Bible Word Study on Sēmeion

Performing a Bible Word Study on Sēmeion

6m
Jesus’ Encounter with Nicodemus

Jesus’ Encounter with Nicodemus

12m
Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 1

Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 1

7m
Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 2

Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman, Part 2

6m
Jesus’ Second Sign

Jesus’ Second Sign

5m
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

8m
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on Water

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on Water

8m
Using a Harmony of the Gospels to Find Parallels

Using a Harmony of the Gospels to Find Parallels

4m
Different Responses to Jesus

Different Responses to Jesus

6m
The Woman Caught in Adultery

The Woman Caught in Adultery

7m
The Man Born Blind: Sickness, Sin, and God’s Purpose

The Man Born Blind: Sickness, Sin, and God’s Purpose

5m
The Man Born Blind: Spiritual Blindness and Sight

The Man Born Blind: Spiritual Blindness and Sight

7m
Finding All Instances of “Light” and “Life” Together

Finding All Instances of “Light” and “Life” Together

5m
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

5m
The Character of the Good Shepherd

The Character of the Good Shepherd

4m
The Raising of Lazarus: The Setting

The Raising of Lazarus: The Setting

6m
The Raising of Lazarus: Death Defined

The Raising of Lazarus: Death Defined

6m
The Raising of Lazarus: Jesus’ Emotions

The Raising of Lazarus: Jesus’ Emotions

6m

The Gospel of John: The Book of Glory

Using Quick Comparison to Compare Translations of John 1:11

Using Quick Comparison to Compare Translations of John 1:11

6m
Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 1

Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 1

5m
Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 2

Mary Anoints Jesus, Part 2

5m
The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry

5m
Predicting the Passion

Predicting the Passion

6m
Tracking Jesus’ Use of “Hour” in John

Tracking Jesus’ Use of “Hour” in John

4m
Washing the Disciples’ Feet: The Setting

Washing the Disciples’ Feet: The Setting

5m
Washing the Disciples’ Feet: A Loving Act of Service

Washing the Disciples’ Feet: A Loving Act of Service

6m
Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

5m
“I Am” the Way

“I Am” the Way

9m
The Coming of Another Advocate

The Coming of Another Advocate

7m
The Vine and the Branches

The Vine and the Branches

8m
The High Priestly Prayer

The High Priestly Prayer

9m
The Garden Arrest

The Garden Arrest

6m
The First Trial and Peter’s Denial

The First Trial and Peter’s Denial

6m
The Trial before Pilate: The Man and His Rule

The Trial before Pilate: The Man and His Rule

6m
The Trial before Pilate: The Dialogues

The Trial before Pilate: The Dialogues

5m
The Trial before Pilate: Pilate’s Authority

The Trial before Pilate: Pilate’s Authority

6m
The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

7m
At the Foot of the Cross

At the Foot of the Cross

6m
The Burial of Jesus

The Burial of Jesus

5m
The Resurrection: The First Appearance

The Resurrection: The First Appearance

10m
The Resurrection: The Second Appearance

The Resurrection: The Second Appearance

4m

The Gospel of John: Epilogue

The Resurrection: The Third Appearance

The Resurrection: The Third Appearance

5m
Breakfast by the Sea

Breakfast by the Sea

9m

Introduction to John’s Epistles

Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Church

Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Church

5m
Background Issues

Background Issues

4m
Researching the Concepts of “Johannine Community” and “Johannine Literature”

Researching the Concepts of “Johannine Community” and “Johannine Literature”

4m

Second John: Truth and Love in the Church

Wisdom Literature and 1 John

Wisdom Literature and 1 John

5m
Introduction and Background: 2 John 1–3

Introduction and Background: 2 John 1–3

4m
Walking in Truth: 2 John 4–11

Walking in Truth: 2 John 4–11

5m

Third John: Troubleshooting in the Church

Joy and Reconciliation: 2 John 12–13

Joy and Reconciliation: 2 John 12–13

2m
Resolving a Church Problem

Resolving a Church Problem

8m
Finding the Technical Expression “Send Them on Their Way” in the New Testament

Finding the Technical Expression “Send Them on Their Way” in the New Testament

4m

First John: Theological Ethics

Authority in the Early Church

Authority in the Early Church

7m
The Rhetorical and Social Settings

The Rhetorical and Social Settings

5m
First John and the Gospel of John

First John and the Gospel of John

4m
The Exordium: 1 John 1:1–4

The Exordium: 1 John 1:1–4

4m
Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 1:5–10)

Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 1:5–10)

5m
Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:1–6)

Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:1–6)

5m
Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:7–17)

Probatio: Part 1 (1 John 2:7–17)

5m
Discovering Key Terms in 1 John

Discovering Key Terms in 1 John

5m
Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:18–27)

Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:18–27)

6m
Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:28–3:2)

Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 2:28–3:2)

6m
Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:3–10)

Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:3–10)

5m
Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:11–24)

Probatio: Part 2 (1 John 3:11–24)

7m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:1–6)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:1–6)

6m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:7–19)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:7–19)

6m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:20–5:5)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 4:20–5:5)

4m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:6–12)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:6–12)

4m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:13–17)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:13–17)

7m
Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:18–21)

Probatio: Part 3 (1 John 5:18–21)

3m

Introduction to the Book of Revelation

Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

4m
The Genre of Revelation

The Genre of Revelation

4m
Apocalyptic Literature Defined

Apocalyptic Literature Defined

6m
Apocalyptic Literature: Origins

Apocalyptic Literature: Origins

6m
Apocalyptic Literature: Symbolism

Apocalyptic Literature: Symbolism

5m
Highlighting All the Numbers in Revelation with Visual Filters

Highlighting All the Numbers in Revelation with Visual Filters

6m
John of Patmos

John of Patmos

5m
Rhetoric in Revelation

Rhetoric in Revelation

5m

Revelation: Inaugural Vision and Seven Messages to Churches

The Structure of Revelation

The Structure of Revelation

5m
The Prologue

The Prologue

4m
The Inaugural Vision: Its Content and Christology

The Inaugural Vision: Its Content and Christology

8m
The Inaugural Vision: Its Context and Clues

The Inaugural Vision: Its Context and Clues

5m
The Church at Ephesus

The Church at Ephesus

7m
The Church at Smyrna

The Church at Smyrna

5m
Finding the Distance between the Seven Churches Using the Bible Facts Tool

Finding the Distance between the Seven Churches Using the Bible Facts Tool

4m
The Church at Pergamum

The Church at Pergamum

7m
The Church at Thyatira

The Church at Thyatira

5m
The Church at Sardis

The Church at Sardis

7m
The Church at Philadelphia

The Church at Philadelphia

6m

Revelation: Visions of Heavenly Worship

The Church at Laodicea

The Church at Laodicea

6m
The Worship Scene in Revelation 4

The Worship Scene in Revelation 4

7m
The Nature of Worship and Revelation 4

The Nature of Worship and Revelation 4

5m

Revelation: Seven Seals and Trumpets

The Worship Scene in Revelation 5

The Worship Scene in Revelation 5

7m
Six Seals

Six Seals

9m
The 144,000 and the Great Multitude

The 144,000 and the Great Multitude

7m
The Seventh Seal and the Trumpets

The Seventh Seal and the Trumpets

8m
Prayers and Judgment

Prayers and Judgment

5m
The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet

The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet

4m

Revelation: Conflict with Satan

The Two Witnesses and the Final Kingdom

The Two Witnesses and the Final Kingdom

7m
An Interlude: The Woman and the Dragon

An Interlude: The Woman and the Dragon

6m
The Identity of Mr. 666

The Identity of Mr. 666

6m
The Beasts

The Beasts

7m
The Lamb and the Faithful

The Lamb and the Faithful

7m
Symbolic Names in Revelation

Symbolic Names in Revelation

8m

Revelation: Seven Bowls and Two Cities

Finding the Old Testament Allusions in Revelation

Finding the Old Testament Allusions in Revelation

4m
Prophecy and the Present

Prophecy and the Present

6m
The Seven Bowls

The Seven Bowls

6m
The Woman on the Beast

The Woman on the Beast

7m
The Fall of Babylon

The Fall of Babylon

7m
The Rider on the White Horse

The Rider on the White Horse

8m
Introduction to the Millennial Kingdom

Introduction to the Millennial Kingdom

7m
Research the Millennium with the Topic and Sermon Starter Guides

Research the Millennium with the Topic and Sermon Starter Guides

5m
Martyrs and Two Resurrections

Martyrs and Two Resurrections

6m

Revelation: New Jerusalem and New Creation

Judgment and the End of Evil

Judgment and the End of Evil

6m
Restored and Renewed

Restored and Renewed

6m
The Importance of Resurrection

The Importance of Resurrection

5m
The New Jerusalem

The New Jerusalem

6m
Touring the New Jerusalem

Touring the New Jerusalem

5m
A Bright, Bright Future

A Bright, Bright Future

7m
Final Words

Final Words

6m
Salvation in the New Testament

Salvation in the New Testament

8m
Conclusion: The Big Picture

Conclusion: The Big Picture

10m