Chapter 11 Student Reading Guide

From John’s Jesus to the Gnostic Christ: The Johannine Epistles and Beyond

1. How is John different from the Synoptics in terms of its overall portrayal of Jesus: who he was, what he said, and the significance of what he did?

2. What is the “socio-historical” method, and how does it work?

3. What evidence suggests that the traditions of John’s Gospel underwent a long period of formation, and that the history of the community affected its retelling of its stories about Jesus?