Unique Themes, Details, & Events in the Gospel of John

Episode Thirty-nine (2nd half) through Episode Forty-five in New Testament: Gospels are now available using links on the Bible Study/New Testament pages. Publication of these episodes completes the Fourth Edition in the series. Topics included in these episodes, in the order in which they are discussed in the series, are:

Spiritual Themes
including Light vs. Darkness; Good vs. Evil (or in different contexts True vs. False/Truth vs. Falsehood); Life vs. Death (or Heavenly vs. Earthly

Four Details
The Emotions of Jesus; the Use of Numerology; Meaning of “the Jews”, a phrase used often in the Gospel of John but with different meanings; Prophecy spoken by Jesus.

Unique Mentions of Places and People
Samaria and Cana; the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob; Nathanael, Thomas, Philip, Andrew; Peter, Nicodemus, Judas Iscariot, and Mary Magdalene.

Unique Details
The Plotting of the Pharisees and Chief Priests; the announcement of a New Commandment; the frequent use of “abide” (Greek: meno); the Final Discourse with the Disciples; References to the Son of Man being “lifted up”; the Divine Economy; Jesus’ References to Concepts of Time; References to the Kingdom of God and the fate of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Five Unique Events
the Visit of Nicodemus; Restoration of the Woman Taken in Adultery; Foot Washing on Maundy Thursday evening; the Scriptural Origin of the Sacrament of Confession/Penance; and Jesus’ Breakfast with the Disciples on the Sea of Tiberias/Sea of Galilee.

As noted above, these final episodes bring to a close the updating of the Bible Study Video series on the New Testament Gospels. Every slide in the series was adjusted or changed in some way, with a new logo for the Fourth Edition, many new illustrations, and enhanced cross-reference to “Other AIC Resources,” the latter as part of the Learn More Your Way: WATICH/LISTEN/READ initiative.

The next series to be upgraded is The Nicene Creed, an eight-episode production originally issued in 2016 A.D. The revised version also includes more cross-references, many new illustrations chosen from the archive used for the AIC Bookstore Publications: the four illustrated books in The Gospel of… series.

Updates to the AIC Web Site continue with the objective of creating a more user-friendly, that is, more functional in implementing the WATCH/LISTEN/READ initiative.

The Seven Signs in the Gospel of John

Episodes Thirty-six to Episode Thirty-nine in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now linked from the Bible Study/New Testament pages. They are focused on the Seven “Signs” in the Gospel of John. In the series I explain a possible reason St. John called these seven incidents, five of which are unique to his Gospel, instead of the “miracle” preferred in other accounts.

The seven examples of signs reflect the spirituality of John the Evangelist and Theologian. It comes down to a simple question: What Do They Mean, or Signify? rather than what they are. All seven, the first five recorded only by St. John, are questionably miraculous. More importantly, what they signify, that is of what are they the sign, is the Divinity of Jesus Christ, for no man, no matter how gifted as a thaumaturg, the Greek term for one who heals by touch, could have turned water into wine, raised Lazarus from the Dead, or fed more than 5,000 people with a few few and loaves of bread.

The seven signs in the Gospel of John are, with those unique to the Gospel of John listed first and in order:

The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)
The Healing of the Nobleman’s Son (John 4:46-54)
The Healing of the Paralytic Man (John 5:1-15)
The Healing of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44)

Two events also mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels:
The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14)
Jesus Walking on the Sea (John 6:15-21)

These seven events are richly illustrated in The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated, available using the Virtual Bookstore link on the Home page.

Episode Thirty-nine also includes the first of seven presentations on Unique Themes, Details and Events in the Gospel of John, beginning with three spiritual themes: Light vs. Darkness; Good vs. Evil (or Truth vs. Falsehood) and Life vs. Death (or Heaven vs. Earth). The remaining episodes will be discussed in blog posting tomorrw.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

The Divine I Ams

In Episode Twenty-nine through Episode Thirty-five in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, now linked on the Bible Study/New Testament page, I explore twelve examples of Jesus’ use of the Greek ego eimi, I Am, to demonstrate that He is the same I Am who spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai in Exodus 3:13, 14: “I Am the Existing One” (SAAS text). Based on Greek sources, in these seven episodes I go beyond the traditional Western Church recognition of the number of I Am declarations. Early Church context and commentary is provided for each usage. The Fourth Edition of the series includes new illustrations and expanded commentary and cross-reference to Other AIC Resources, including the new book, The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated, which is the first of four Gospel books to be published in the AIC Bookstore.

I Am [He] Who speaks to thee (to the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob) – John 4:26
I Am. Fear Not (calming words to the Disciples at Sea) – John 6:20 (Greek text 6:27b)
I Am the Bread of Life – John 6:35, 48
I Am the Living Bread – John 6:51
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12
I Am from Above – John 8:23
Before Abraham was, I Am – John 8:58
I Am the Door – John 10:7, 9
I Am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11, 14
I Am the Resurrection & the Life (to Martha of Bethany) – John 11:25
I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life (to Martha of Bethany) – John 14:6
I Am the True Vine (to the Disciples on Maundy Thursday) – John 15:1

In the next group of episodes, Thirty-six to Thirty-nine, I explore the Seven Signs in the Gospel of John, five of which are unique to the Gospel of John.

The Gospel of John

The first four episodes focused on the Gospel of John in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now linked from the New Testament page. Episode 26 introduces the Gospel of John with a discussion of John, his intended audiences, language and major and secondary themes. Episodes 27 and 28 are focused on John’s unique Prelude in Chapter 1, plus the calling of the first four disciples. The events takes place over a series of four days. Episode 29 is the first of seven episodes focused on the “I Am” declarations which are unique to the Gospel of John, beginning with the first, heard in Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob. Illustrations are from the 6th through the 20th C.

The upgrading of the New Testament: Gospels series is proceeding faster than I originally anticipated. I am hopeful of completion of all remaining updates before Good Friday.

The Gospel of Luke

Episodes Twelve through Twenty-five in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, all focused on the Gospel of St. Luke, are now uploaded and linked from the New Testament page. Even better, the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is now in the hands of our proofreader for final review. I hope to have the volume in print and in the facsimile version in the Kindle format before Easter A.D. 2021.

I have already started on the Vimeo version of Episode Twenty-six in the video series, the first of twenty episodes on the Gospel of John. Being snowed in/frozen in has some advantages! I am hopeful of having Episode Twenty-six uploaded to our Vimeo site before the end of the week of Feb. 15th, A.D. 2021.

I have further updated the AIC web site to make it consisten with the Learn Your Way: Watch/Listen/Read initiative announced earlier this year.

more episodes on the Gospel of Luke

Freezing rain and snow have advantages: I’ve used the occasion of being housebound to produce four more episodes on the Gospel of St. Luke and upload them to our host site, Vimeo.com. These episodes include discussion, in order, of the Parables of the Good Samaritan, the Rich Fool, the Chief Seats, the Lost Coin, the Lost Son (or Prodigal Son), the Unjust Steward, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Tenacious Widow, and the.Pharisee and the Tax Collector (or Publican). Illustrations in these episodes are from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th C. These are displayed in high resolution format. The AIC is especially grateful to the Universitats- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, Darmstadt,Germany, for the images from the Hitda Codex, a magnificent illuminated Bible in the Carolingian style generally seen only in low resolution versions with distorted color rendition. As I have done throughout the series, each illustration is accompanied by a source citation, usually including manuscript, or shelf, numbers, folio numbers and location of the original documents. We have permissions from other sources for high resolution images in each of the new series of illuminated Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is currently available using the Virtual Bookstore link on our Home page. The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is in printed proof stage. The volume on Mark is currently near the end of the initial proof-reading stage. The volume on Matthew’s Gospel is complete but has not yet entered in proofreading phase.

These four episodes are focused on the unique parables in the Gospel of Luke. Episode 20 is also the first of six episodes focused on Unique Details, Events and Quotations in the Gospel of Luke. Of the remaining five episodes (numbers 21 to 25), I am working today on # 21) and hope that I can finish it and the remaining episodes by the end of the week of February 15th.

As always, I thank viewers, listeners and readers of AIC materials for their interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen.

Four More episodes in the Gospel of Luke

Four additional episodes in the Fourth Edition of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, have not been uploaded and are now linked from the New Testament page (a sub-pages under the Bible Study tab). The new material is Episode Thirteen to Episode Sixteen, which cover the three angelic annunciations, four unique songs, Luke’s unique genealogy, the Nativity and boyhood of Jesus and the start of His ministry in Galilee beginning with His baptism in the River Jordan. These episodes feature more cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources and many new illustrations.

The episode includes some spectacular examples of historic Christian art from the 8th to the 19th C. Concurrent with this set of uploads is the receipt of the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated, the second of our four illuminated Gospel books. The proof is being looked over this week for any glitches. I hope we can get in into print during the season of Lent. The cover image is a tempera and gold on parchment illumination of Luke Writing His Gospel from the Pericope Book of Henry II, made between 1007 and 1012 A.D. for the last Ottonian Holy Roman Emperor. Clm 4452, Bayerische Landesbibliothek, Munich, Germany. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. It was made in the Scriptorium at Reichenau, Germany. The publication of these volumes will allow the average person to own an illuminated Gospel at reasonable cost.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

THE GOSPEL OF MARK NOW COMPLETE

All five episodes in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, focused on the Gospel of Mark are now complete and available for viewing and downloading. These episodes are linked on the New Testament page (a sub-page of Bible Study). For this edition the series has a new musical introduction and closing theme, many new illustrations and a wide range of design changes and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, especially our newest book, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, due for publication later this year.

Cover illustration from Pericope Book of Henry II, Clm 4452, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany. Henry II was the last of the Ottonian successors to Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in western Eruope. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Gospel of Matthew

All five revised episodes of The New Testament: Gospels which are focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew and the first of five focused on the Gospel of St. Mark are now linked through the Bible Study tabs at the top and bottom of any page. These revised editions feature many new or revised slides, a new musical theme, All Glory, Laud & Honor, performed in England on his church organ by Richard M. S. Irwin, plus many new illustrations. Each episode is now also cross-referenced to Other AIC Resources with similar or related material, including The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated and The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, which is currently in the proof-reading stage. Publication is anticipated in the 2nd Qtr or 3rd Qtr of A.D. 2021. The Podcast versions of these six episodes should be available during the week of Feb. 8th.

The revisions to the Seasonal Videos for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, “Gesima”/Pre-Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Trinitytide are now linked from the Digital Library page. Improvements will be made to all three Christian Education Video series: The Lord’s Prayer; The Nicene Creed: and The War on Christianity later this year.

The sub-level mastheard on the Welcome page has now been adjusted to make it consistent with the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative announced earlier. Other improvement intended to make the site more user-friendly are being considered. Suggestions for improvements would be welcomed. Please send them to me at frron.aic@earthlink.net.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

A Major upgrade completed

Continuing the AIC’s celebration of the start of our second decade on the Internet, today I completed the upgrade of all the AIC Seasonal Videos by uploading revised episodes for Good Friday (In the Cross of Christ I Glory, presented in 2 parts); Eastertide: From Resurrection to Ascension (presented in three episodes): and Trinitytide: The Teaching Season (with Whitsunday and Whitsun Week and presented in nine episodes, with Episode One in two parts).

These fifteen revised videos feature many new examples of historic Church art, suggestions for appropriate season music from the St. Chrysostom Hymnal; and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, including videos, podcasts and print publications. In addition, stylistic changes have been made to give all our video series consistency in design and form. These changes are intended to enhance the value of the AIC’s many resources by making them more accessible, whether site visitors prefer to watch, to listen or to read traditional Christian teaching. Attached is another graphic emphasizing the choices we offer across all the different media format. It was used as the final slide in the Good Friday video

Another objective of this extensive rebuild is to make it easier for traditional Christians to find the resources they need in the world of COVID and associated restrictions. This program of improvements will continue in the early months of A.D. 2021 with the Fourth Edition in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels. Episode One in the new format was uploaded late in A.D. 2020. Episode Two, the first of five episodes focused on the unique themes and content in the Gospel of Matthew, is currently in production with a goal of completion by mid-February. Later this year, The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated will be available in paperback and Kindle versions with 117 illustrations on coated paper.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!