John's Retrospective
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John's Retrospective

God's new creation

About the Book

Reading the Gospel of John with 21st century eyes can be difficult. It's hard to get away from our (post) modern frame of reference. This book uses the Old Testament, second temple literature and other relevant material to help you understand the religious context better and consequently understand John's message more. In particular, this book explores his theme of God's new creation.

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David Baak
David Baak

I used to write poetry. Now I write.

Table of Contents

    • In the beginning (1:1-5)
      • The Logos
      • The eternal Co-Creator
      • Nothing new under the sun
      • Something new under the sun
    • Make way for the King (1:6-8 and 19-28)
      • Repentance and baptism
      • The witness
    • The true Light not received by his own (1:9-11)
      • His own people did not receive Him
    • The lineage of faith (1:12-13 and 8:31-59)
      • Children of God or children of the Devil
    • The Word set up His Tabernacle (1:13-18)
      • The Tabernacle pattern
      • Bringer of the new covenant
      • Grace and truth
    • The anointed King (1:29-34)
      • Anointing and public declaration
      • The dove that descended and remained
      • The High Priest
      • The new Adam
    • Andrew and Peter stick with Jesus (1:35-42)
    • The God of Bethel is here (1:43-51)
      • Mashiach ben Yosef
      • Bethel’s ladder
    • A wedding starts it off (2:1-12)
      • Mary’s faith
      • A cleansing ritual repurposed
    • Temple of trade or Temple of worship (2:13-23)
      • The judgment of Jeremiah
      • Signs at the Passover Feast
    • Paradigm shift (2:24-3:21)
    • The Bridegroom (3:22-36)
    • The Messiah of the despised (4:1-9)
    • The fountain of Living Waters (4:10-18)
    • I am he (4:19-26)
    • A harvest outside of Israel (4:27-42)
    • Healing from a distance (4:43-54)
    • Get up, take your bed, and walk (5:1-9)
    • Master of the Sabbath (5:10-17)
    • Judgment in the hands of the Son (5:18-24)
    • The voice of resurrection (5:25-29)
    • The two witnesses (5:30-36)
    • Big fat heads and shrunken souls (5:37-47)
    • The miracle of abundance (6:1-15)
    • Master of the sea and wind (6:16-21)
    • Can we have another free lunch? (6:22-34)
    • The bread that satisfies (6:35-42)
    • The bread that gives life (6:43-59)
    • Too radical for many (6:60-71)
    • Plans are nothing, planning is everything (7:1-13)
    • Authority to explain and interpret the Law (7:14-24)
    • A threat to comfort (7:25-36)
    • Water (7:37-52)
    • Unfit to handle the Law (7:53-8:11)
    • Unreceptive listeners (8:12-30)
    • Slaves (8:31-59)
    • Mud (9:1-7)
    • Seeing but not perceiving (9:8-41)
    • The shepherd of his sheep, not the goats (10:1-21)
    • Epilogue
    • Resources

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