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John, The Gospel According to

The fourth Gospel in the NT. It is traditionally ascribed to John the Apostle, who is then identified with the “Beloved Disciple” who is present in the latter part of the narrative and is said to have written down his testimony to Jesus (John 21:24). The Gospel of John presents a rather different picture of Jesus’s life and ministry than do the other three Gospels. Jesus speaks in long and somewhat philosophical discourses rather than in parables or short aphorisms, and the main topic of his speech is often his own identity and significance rather than morality or the kingdom of God.

Outline of Contents


I. Introduction (John 1:1-51)

A. Prologue (John 1:1-18)

B. Encounter with John the Baptist and call of disciples (John 1:19-51)

II. Jesus’s manifestation of God’s glory before the world (John 2:1-12:50)

A. Wine miracle (John 2:1-11)

B. Cleansing of the Temple (John 2:12-22)

C. Discussion with Nicodemus on birth from above (John 2:23-3:21)

D. The second appearance of the Baptist (John 3:22-36)

E. Conversation with Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42)

F. Healing of official’s son (John 4:43-54)

G. Healing at pool of Beth-zatha and related discourse (John 5:1-47)

H. Feeding of five thousand and related incidents and discussions (John 6:1-71)

I. Jesus at Festival of Tabernacles (John 7:1-52)

J. Woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11) a later addition to the Gospel)

K. Jesus the Light of the World (John 8:12-59)

L. Restoration of sight to blind man (John 9:1-41)

M. Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-42)

N. Raising of Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44)

O. Condemnation of Jesus (John 11:45-57)

P. Triumphal entry and related events (John 12:1-50)

III. Jesus’s manifestation of God’s glory to his disciples (John 13:1-20:31)

A. The Last Supper; Jesus washes disciples’ feet (John 13:1-38)

B. First farewell discourse to disciples (John 14:1-31)

C. Second farewell discourse to disciples (John 15:1-16:33)

D. Jesus’s final prayer (John 17:1-26)

E. The passion narrative: Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial (John 18:1-19:42)

F. Discovery of empty tomb and resurrection appearances in Jerusalem (John 20:1-31)

IV. Appendix: Jesus’s appearance by Sea of Galilee to Peter and others (John 21:1-2)

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.