Gospel of John Assignment 4

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Gospel of John 

This assignment covers John 7-9.

  1. When was the feast of tabernacles and what was its signifi​cance? 7:2.  Bruce, 169f.

 

  1. Jesus avoided going to Judea during that time because he knew that the Jews wanted to kill him.  What did Jesus’ brothers propose?  7:1-4.

 

  1. When probably did Jesus’ brothers come to believe him to be the Messiah?  7:5.  Bruce, pp. 171f.

 

  1. In what sense did Jesus speak of “the world?”  7:7. Bruce, p. 172.

 

  1. How does Bruce understand Jesus’ statement, “I go not up into the feast” (verse 8) compared to “then he also went up” (verse 10)?  Bruce, p. 173.

 

  1. Why did some say, “He is a good man” and others say, “not so, but he leads the multitude astray?”  7:12.

 

  1. Explain the question “How does this man know letters, having never learned?”  7:15. Bruce, p. 175.

 

  1. In addition to “intellectual perception,” what else did Jesus suggest was necessary to understand that his teaching came from God?  7:16f.  Bruce, pp. 175ff.

 

  1. Why did Jesus refer to Moses?  7:19.

 

  1. To what does the “one work” of verse 21 refer?  Bruce, pp. 176ff.

 

  1. What did Jesus mean by “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment?”  7:24.

 

  1. What belief kept the people of Jerusalem from accepting Jesus as the Messiah?  7:27.  Bruce, p. 178.

 

  1. Jesus’ signs caused many of the crowd to say what?  7:31.

 

  1. What metaphor did Jesus use in referring to the giving of the Holy Spirit to believers?  7:37-39  (cf. Acts 2:38; 5: 32; Galatians 4:6). Bruce, p. 182.

 

  1. Why did many Jews in Jerusalem rule out Galilee as the home of the Messiah?  7:40-42 (cf. Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1). Bruce, pp. 183f.

 

  1. Describe the attempt by the Sanhedrin to arrest Jesus and the results.  7:32, 45ff., Bruce, p. 179.

 

  1. Determine why John 7:53 – 8:11 is absent from some versions of the Bible.  Bruce, pp. 413-18.

 

  1. Write your own thoughts as to what principles might be derived from this story.

 

  1. What metaphor does Jesus use to describe himself that was used by the Evangelist to identify the Word (logos) in chapter 1?  8:12.

 

  1. Why was Jesus’ testimony about himself to be accepted even though testifying on one’s own behalf had no legal worth?  8:14-16.  Bruce, p. 189.

 

  1. Whom did Jesus call to bear witness on His behalf?  8:17-18.

 

  1. Explain, “and no man took him; because his hour was not yet come.” 8:20. Bruce, pp. 190f.

 

  1. How did the Jews interpret Jesus’ words “Where I go, you cannot come?”  8:21f.

 

  1. Comment on the expression “I am he” of verse 24.  Bruce,   p. 193.

 

  1. What event did Jesus predict as the full disclosure to the Jews of His relation to the Father?  8:28  (cf. Acts. 2:36). Bruce, p. 195.

 

  1. What was the mark of true discipleship?  8:31. Bruce, p. 196.

 

  1. Were the Jews correct in saying they had never been in bondage to any man?  What kind of slavery did Jesus speak of?  8:33-34.

 

  1. Explain “You cannot hear my word.”  8:43.  Bruce, pp. 200f.

 

  1. Which two evil traits were reflected in the attitude of the Jewish opponents of Jesus?  8:44.  Bruce, p. 201.

 

  1. What did Jesus mean in saying “If a man keep my word he shall never see death?”  8:51.  Bruce, p. 203.

 

  1. In the words “Abraham rejoiced to see my day,” how and when did that occur?  8:56  (cf. Genesis 12:3, 22:18; Galatians 3:16).  Bruce, p. 205.

 

  1. In using the present tense “Before Abraham was born, I am,” what is implied?  8:58.

 

  1. Why did the Jews attempt to stone Jesus?  8:59. Bruce, p. 206.

 

  1. The disciples’ inquiry concerning the man born blind suggests a connection between human suffering and personal sin. Explain the inconsistencies in that idea.  9:1. Bruce, p. 208.

 

  1. How does Bruce explain Jesus’ words, “but that the works of God should be made manifest in him?”  9:3.  Bruce, p. 209.

 

  1. Explain the expression “While it is day.”  9:4. Bruce, p. 209.

 

  1. Describe the blind man and how he was healed  9:8-11.  Bruce, p. 211.

 

  1. Did Jesus break the Sabbath by healing, or did the issue arise from the legal definition of work? 9:13-14.  Bruce, p. 212.

 

  1. How did some Jews reason that Jesus could not be a sinner for healing on the sabbath?  9:16.

 

  1. Did the law of Moses teach that any person who performed miracles was therefore a man of God?  Explain  (Deuteronomy 13: 1-5). Bruce, p. 213.

 

  1. Explain why were the parents were reticent to speculate on how their son was healed?  9:22-23.

 

  1. Bruce comments on a “blessing” recited in the synagogue as early as A.D. 90. What did it say?  Bruce, p. 215.

 

  1. Comment on the statement “We know that God hears not sinners.”  Who said it?  Was it true?  9:31 (cf. Proverbs 28:9; Psalm 66: 18; Acts 10:31).

 

  1. Comment on the expression “Son of Man” as opposed to “Son of God.”  9:35-38.  Bruce pp. 219-20.

 

  1. What does Bruce call “a parable of illumination” and why?  Bruce, p. 220.
  2. Do independent research and write a one-page discussion of Jesus’ life and ministry as the fulfillment of prophecy.

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