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The Reliability of John (chapter by chapter)

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Lesson

Now that we have looked at the issues of John’s reliability in general, Blomberg starts working through individual passages that have raised questions for some people. The question is whether or not Jon’s teaching dovetails with teaching in the Synoptics. Much of the issue has to do with presuppositions and the burden of proof, and the evidence Blomberg cites is often when John’s teaching finds a connection with Synoptic teaching or with historical data.

Outline

I. JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST (CHAPS. 1, 3)

There was a time when John was more popular, and it seems doubtful that the church would have invented that fact.

II. WATER INTO WINE (CHAP. 2)

Dovetails with the Synoptic teaching on new wine and new wineskins.

III. JESUS AND NICODEMUS (CHAP. 3)

Dovetails with the Synoptic teaching on becoming a like a little child

IV. JESUS AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN (CHAP. 4)

Continues Jesus’ concern for Samaritans and outcasts

V. DISCOURSE ON FATHER AND SON (CHAP. 5)

VI. BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE (CHAP. 6)

VII. LIVING WATER AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD (CHAPS. 7-9)

Two ceremonies that parallel Jesus’ teaching (historical verisimilitude)

VIII. THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CHAP. 10)

Builds on the teaching about Israel’s shepherds in a pre-70 A.D. context

IX. RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS (CHAP. 11)

Jesus’ raises people from the dead in the Synoptics

X. FOOTWASHING (CHAP. 13)

Illustrates Mark 10:45 and servant leadership

XI. FAREWELL DISCOURSE (CHAPS. 14-16)

Fewest points of contact with the Synoptics, but some overlap

XII. HIGH-PRIESTLY PRAYER (CHAP. 17)

Some specific clauses and concepts have parallels with the Lord’s Prayer

XIII. PASSION NARRATIVE DISTINCTIVES (CHAPS. 18-19)

Most overlap with the Synoptics

XIV. RESURRECTION NARRATIVE DISTINCTIVES (CHAPS. 20-21)

Some overlap, and purpose statement overlaps with Mark 1:1