NBST 615 DB 2
You must respond to at least 2 of the following questions. Consider these questions with the information in your textbooks in mind, but feel free to use other sources as needed to add to the conversation. Acknowledge in the subject line of your thread which question is being answered.
1.How does the practice of literary criticism help or hinder our interpretation of the Gospel of John? What appropriate cautions can be raised regarding recent literary approaches? Do you think that these approaches will enhance your understanding of the Gospel of John? Will they help you in presenting the information in John to others? Why or why not? Be sure to give reasons for your view.
2.Which material is found in the Synoptic Gospels but not in John, and what are the Johannine equivalents of Synoptic teaching? Why do you think that John includes some materials in his Gospel that are not in the Synoptic Gospels? How do these differences impact our understanding of the historical value of these Gospels?
3.Briefly summarize some of the major Johannine themes: God, the Christ, salvation, the Spirit, the new covenant community, and last things. Describe how John presents them in his Gospel and how this information relates to modern readers. Pick 2 of these topics and briefly describe how we can apply John’s views to the life of the church today.
4.Why does John call Jesus the “Word” in the Prologue? What are the potential sources for John’s depiction of Jesus as the “Word”? How does this depiction of Jesus as the “Word” relate to John’s Gospel as a whole? Using John 1, how would you explain the role of Jesus to a modern reader of the Gospel?
The reading materials are below: However, Carson and Tozer will not be uploaded until Saturday or Sunday I am out of town and cannot locate a scanner to scan those two book. But the Kostenberger book is uploaded please go to the chapter required from the instruction.
• Carson: pp. 40–68, 95–139
• Köstenberger: chs. 2–3, Excursuses 1–3, 8
• Tozer & Snyder: chs. 5–9

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