The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


14. The Gospel according to John

Questions for Review

  1. What are some of the key differences between the Synoptics and John?
  2. Briefly describe Gardner-Smith’s argument against the literary dependence of John on the Synoptics.
  3. What miraculous deeds are unique to John?
  4. Describe how different the teaching of Jesus is in John as compared to the Synoptics.
  5. What are the various options regarding the identity of the Beloved Disciple in the text of John’s Gospel?
  6. Why are John 20:30–31 and John 21:25 important?
  7. What are the arguments for and against the authenticity of John 21?
  8. What are the six major sections of the Fourth Gospel?
  9. What are the seven signs that Jesus performed in John’s Gospel?
  10. It is often said that the Gospel of John demonstrates anti-Judaism. Is this a fair criticism? Why or why not?