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Reta Halteman Finger began her Bible study blog, Reta’s Reflections with a study of 1 Corinthians, and then for her second Bible study series took up the Fourth Gospel— the Gospel according to John.

At the conclusion of the 1 Corinthian series we put the question to our Facebook community, “What book would you like Reta to take up next?”  The Gospel of John was one of the top choices, and Reta provided another reason that it would be appropriate for the next study.  She says:

This illustration is from the Egmond Gospels, a 10th century manuscript.  The eagle is the symbol associated with John and the fourth Gospel.

This illustration is from the Egmond Gospels, a 10th century manuscript. The eagle is the symbol associated with John and the fourth Gospel.

“I chose the fourth Gospel for our second lesson series because I think it is the most thoroughly feminist writing in our New Testament. Most Christians don’t know that—but all the more reason to get acquainted with this tough, tender, mothering Jesus who befriends women as well as men.”

Click here for the diagram of the conceptual and literary path John’s Gospel takes.

Introduction to the Bible Study Series – Studies in John’s Gospel, Bible study lesson 1

Gender Remixed: Sophia and Word
Studies in John’s Gospel, Bible study lesson 2

Always Playing Second Fiddle? John 1:19-34
Studies in John’s Gospel: Bible study lesson 3

A Wedding Surprise—John 2:1-11
Studies in John’s Gospel:  Bible study lesson 4

Another “Sign”: Housecleaning the Temple—John 2:13-22
Studies in John’s Gospel, Bible study lesson 5

Jesus as Spiritual Director—John 2:23-25
Studies in John’s Gospel, Bible study lesson 6

Jesus and Nicodemus—Spiritual Direction or Verbal Sparring? John 3:1-21
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 7

Man Meets Woman at a Well—John 4:1-42 (Part 1)
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 8

Man Meets Woman at a Well—John 4:1-42 (Part 2)
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 9

Healing in Absentia: Can You Read Signs?—John 4:43-54
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 10

Doing Good Can Get You in Trouble!—John 5:1-18
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 11

From Sentence of Death to Androgynous Rebuttal—John 5:17-29
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 12

Jesus Judges the Judges at His Trial—John 5:30-47
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 13

A Meal (Almost) Fit for a King—John 6:1-15
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 14

“It’s me. Don’t be afraid!”—John 6:16-29
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 15

The Word Became Flesh and Lived among Us  
Special Christmas Reflection— Bible study lesson 16

The Bread that Comes Down from Heaven – John 6:30-58
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 17

Turning Back and Dropping Out—John 6:59-71
Studies in John’s Gospel— Bible study lesson 18

The Trial before the Trial—John 7:1-52
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 19

Living Water and Eternal Light—John 8:12-59
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 20

Stones of Humiliation for Adulterers—John 7:53-8:11
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 21

Who Is Blind and Who Can See? A One-Act Comedy in Six Scenes— John 9:1-41
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 22

“What Really Happened?”: Story Becomes History— John 9:1-41
Studies in John’s Gospel— Lesson 23

Sheep Parables and Temple Festivals—John 10:1-42
Studies in John’s Gospel— Lesson 24

The Noble Shepherd versus the Thieves— John 10:1-18
Studies in John’s Gospel—Lesson 25

Feeding Sheep or Eating Them? — John 10:1-21 and Ezekiel 34
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 26

An (Un)Fortunate Illness? — John 11:1-16
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 27

A Household of Beloved Disciples—John 11:17-37
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 28

A Tomb with a View—John 11:38-57; 12:9-11
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 29

Mary the Anointer—John 12:1-8
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 30

Political Street Theater—John 12:9-19
Studies in John’s Gospel — Bible Study Lesson 31

Gethsemane in a New Setting—John 12:20-50
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 32

The Way Up Is Way Down—John 13:1-17
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 33

Loyalty and Betrayal among Beloved Friends—John 13:18-38
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 34

Questions and Misunderstandings—John 14:1-31
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 35

A Vineyard of Friendship—John 15:1-17
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 36

Living in a Hostile World—John 16:1-33
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 37

Praying for Myself, Us, and Them—John 17:1-26
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 38

Arrest and Trial by Night—John 18:1-27
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 39

Jesus’s Trial before Pilate: Not What You Expect—John 18:29-19:16a
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible study lesson 40

Jesus, Pilate, and “The Jews”: The Empire Strikes Back—John 18:28–19:16a
Studies in John’s Gospel— Bible study lesson 41

Crucified, Dead, and Buried—John 19:16b-42
Studies in John’s Gospel— Bible study lesson 42

Jesus’s Burial and the Meaning of the Empty Tomb—John 19:38-20:10
Studies in John’s Gospel—Lesson 43

A Pivotal Reunion in the Garden—John 20:1-18
Studies in John’s Gospel—Lesson 44 

A “Touching” Group Appearance—John 20:19-31
Studies in John’s Gospel —Lesson 45

A Fish Story: Mother Jesus Serves Breakfast—John 21:1-14
Studies in John’s Gospel— Lesson 46

The Rehabilitation of Peter—John 21:15-25
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 47