Module/Week 8 — Johannine Materials: 1, 2, & 3 John & Revelation ice
Black, David A., and David R. Beck. Rethinking the Synoptic Problem. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN: 9780801022814.
Köstenberger, Andreas, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2009. ISBN: 9780805443653.
You must answer 3 questions of the 4 questions below. Support your answers with the information found in your textbooks, but also feel free to use critical outside sources to add to the conversation as needed. Cite all sources using current Turabian format. Restate the questions to which you are responding at the beginning of each thread. Acceptable sources include textbooks, scholarly sources/articles, and critical online sources from recognized scholars that have been approved by the instructor.Anonymous online sources or online sources authored by persons not possessing terminal degrees related to the field of New Testament Studies are not acceptable.
What are three alternative proposals to John’s authorship of the Johannine Letters? How would you summarize the internal and external evidence in favor of John’s authorship? Which do you think was written first: John’s Gospel or John’s Letters? Why?
Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of 1 John. Who were John’s opponents? What was the nature of the opponents’ doctrine and how did John respond to it? Does the doctrine of these opponents exist today? If so, where? How can we use John’s response today?
Discuss the issues surrounding the authorship and date of Revelation. Which view do you think fits best with this book and why? Be sure to include evidence for your view. What was the occasion and purpose for the writing of Revelation?
Offer a definition of the term “apocalypse.” What the traits of an “apocalypse”? In what ways does Revelation fit these traits? List the four primary approaches to the study of Revelation. Which one do you think offers the best promise for understanding this book? Why?