St. John's Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary

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As Catholics in ever-growing numbers are taking part in Bible studies, many questions arise. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin? Is it OK to interpret the Bible for ourselves? What Bible should I use? How can I understand such a deep book as the Gospel of St. John? How can I be guided in my studies?

Stephen Ray answers all of these questions. He takes the difficult and makes it easy, and takes the confusion and makes things clear. This is a book to answer the questions ...

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As Catholics in ever-growing numbers are taking part in Bible studies, many questions arise. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin? Is it OK to interpret the Bible for ourselves? What Bible should I use? How can I understand such a deep book as the Gospel of St. John? How can I be guided in my studies?

Stephen Ray answers all of these questions. He takes the difficult and makes it easy, and takes the confusion and makes things clear. This is a book to answer the questions and give a simple start for a beginner while providing the depth and profundity for the scholar. This book is one of a kind. It is the first extensive, easy to use and thoroughly Catholic study guide available.

This Bible study provides extensive "text boxes" with detailed information that helps students discover the cultural, religious, historical, and other information on the specific passage they are studying. It utilizes quotes for a wide range of scholars, historians, and specialists to instruct the student and give valuable insights into the background and meaning of the text. This book can serve as a basic Bible study guide for working through the Gospel of John by helping the student plumb the depths of St. John's marvelous and deeply spiritual Gospel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898708219
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 417
  • Sales rank: 279,743
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 15
Introduction 17
John 1a: The "Overture": The Word Becomes Flesh 37
John 1:1-2: In the Beginning Was the Word 39
John 1:3-5: All Things Came into Being through Him 42
John 1:6-13: True Light and Children of God 44
John 1:14-18: The Incarnation - The Word Became Flesh 48
John 1b: John the Baptist; Choosing the Disciples 60
John 1:19-34: Testimony of John the Baptist 60
John 1:35-51: Jesus Chooses Disciples 64
John 2: Jesus, Mary, and the Wedding in Cana - Cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem 72
John 2:1-5: The Wedding in Cana: Mary and Jesus 73
John 2:6-11: The Wedding in Cana: Water into Wine, Old Transformed into the New 81
John 2:12-21: The Temple in Jerusalem, the Resurrection Proclaimed 84
John 2:22-25: Belief and the Heart of Man 91
John 3: "You Must Be Born Anew" - "For God So Loved the World" 93
John 3:1-21: Jesus and Nicodemus 93
John 3:22-36: John the Baptizer 107
John 4: The Samaritan Woman, the Gentile Official: Conversion and Faith 110
John 4:1-42: The Samaritan Woman Is Offered Living Water 110
John 4:43-54: Jesus' Second Sign; He Heals a Gentile's Son 121
John 5: Infirm Man Healed at the Pools of Bethesda - Jesus Calls Four Witnesses 123
John 5:1-9: Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath 123
John 5:10-18: The Jews React to the "Sabbath Violation" 127
John 5:19-47: Jesus Defends and Explains His Equality with God 130
John 6a: Miraculous Bread to Feed the People - Jesus Walks on the Water 136
John 6:1-15: Multiplication of Loaves, the Eucharist Foreshadowed 136
John 6:16-21: Jesus Walks on the Water: The Fifth Sign 145
John 6b: "Unless You Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood" - The Eucharist 149
John 6:22-59: Jesus, the Bread of Life 149
John 6:60-70: Many Disciples Abandon the Words of Eternal Life 165
John 7: Jewish Feast of Booths - Two Debates: Who Is Jesus? Rivers of Living Water 172
John 7:1-13: Jesus Goes Up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths 172
John 7:14-24: Jesus Teaches at the Feast 176
John 7:25-44: Is Jesus the Christ? 180
John 7:45-53: Unbelief of Jewish Leaders 183
John 8: Adulterous Woman; More Debates: Who Is Christ? True "I am" 185
John 8:1-13: The Woman Caught in Adultery 185
John 8:12-30: Jesus Is the Light of the World 189
John 8:31-59: The Truth Will Make You Free 192
John 9: The Blind Man Sees - The Seeing Men Are Blind; More Debates: Who Is Jesus? 199
John 9:1-12: Jesus Heals the Blind Beggar 199
John 9:13-34: Dispute over the Healed Man 204
John 9:35-41: Jesus Reaffirms His Deity 207
John 10: The Good Shepherd Makes Himself Out to Be God! Who Is Jesus? 210
John 10:1-21: The Bad Shepherds Oppose the Good Shepherd 210
John 10:22-42: The Feast of Dedication: Are You the Messiah? Are You God? 216
John 11: Lazarus Raised from the Dead: "I Am the Resurrection and the Life" 224
John 11:1-16: The Setting for the Seventh Sign 224
John 11:17-33: Jesus Goes to Bethany 227
John 11:34-44: Jesus Raises Lazarus 232
John 11:45-57: The Sanhedrin Condemns Jesus 234
John 12: Anointing Jesus - the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 238
John 12:1-11: Jesus Anointed at Bethany 238
John 12:12-19: Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 242
John 12:20-36: Greeks Seek Jesus; His Death Foretold 245
John 12:37-50: The Disbelief of the Jews 248
John 13: The Humble, Compassionate King; The Foolish, Treacherous Servant 251
John 13:1-17: Maundy Thursday: Jesus Washes Feet 251
John 13:18-38: The Betrayal and Glory 257
John 14: The Way to Heaven - The Gift of the Holy Spirit 265
John 14:1-14: Heaven and the Way to Get There 265
John 14:15-31: Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 272
John 15: The Vine and Branches - In the World, but Not of the World 278
John 15:1-17: Abide Fruitfully in Christ or Burn 278
John 15:18-27: In the World, but Not of the World 285
John 16: Jesus Prepares to Leave and Return; The Action of the Holy Spirit 289
John 16:1-6: Christians and Persecution 289
John 16:7-15: The Action of the Holy Spirit 291
John 16:16-24: Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection Foretold 295
John 16:25-33: Jesus' Last Consolations 296
John 17: Our High Priest Prays - The Visible Unity of the Church 300
John 17:1-5: Jesus Prays for Himself 300
John 17:6-19: Jesus Prays for His Disciples 306
John 17:20-26: Jesus Prays for the Church - Those Believing the Apostles' Word 309
John 18: The Betrayal, Arrest, and Trials of Jesus - "King of the Jews?" 313
John 18:1-11: Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested 313
John 18:12-23: Trial before Annas 317
John 18:24-27: Trial before Caiaphas 323
John 18:28-40: Trial before Pilate 324
John 19a: Jesus Condemned - The Pain of the Crucifixion 331
John 19:1-16: Jesus Abused before Pilate 331
John 19:17-24: The Crucifixion Begins 337
John 19b: The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus - The Birth of the Church 346
John 19:25-27: Mary and John at the Cross 346
John 19:28-37: Jesus Dies on the Cross 353
John 19:38-42: The Burial of Jesus 361
John 20: Death Could Not Hold Him - "My Lord and My God" 366
John 20:1-10: The Empty Tomb 366
John 20:11-18: Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 370
John 20:19-31: Jesus Appears to the Disciples 373
John 20:24-31: Jesus and "Doubting Thomas" 379
John 21: The Grand Finale: Jesus Meets the Apostles - The Pope and the Church 383
App St. John's Grand "Finale"! 383
John 21:1-14: Jesus Appears in Galilee 384
John 21:15-17: Peter Appointed as Shepherd 391
John 21:18-23: The Future of Peter and John 397
Concluding Thoughts 401
Bibliography 403
Acknowledgments 417
Index of Scripture 419
Index of Topics 453
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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Comes from an enthusiastic lover of the schriptures

    I picked this study guide because of Stephen's reputation and all his DVD's "Footprints".

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