Introduction to 1, 2, & 3 John

Introduction to 1, 2, & 3 John

Taught by Karen H. Jobes

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Course Details

  • 2 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 45 minutes of video

  • Beginner

  • Letters to the Church

6 Month Access
$19.99 USD

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Course Description

Have you ever felt that we live in a spiritually confusing age? What does it really mean to be a Christian? What does one have to believe and do in order to be a true Christian? Can one have a true knowledge of God apart from Jesus Christ?

These questions are very relevant for our lives today, and there are no clearer answers to them than are given in 1, 2, and 3 John.

In this online course, you will get a clear and accessible introduction to these books of the Bible.

What you will learn:

  • Evidence for the authorship of 1, 2, & 3 John
  • How 1 John is similar to and different from John’s gospel
  • What the major themes of 1, 2, & 3 John are
  • How to understand 1 John 3:9, which states that Christians do not sin
  • How to read the abrupt ending of 1 John with its command to “keep yourselves from idols”
  • Who the “we” in 1 John refers to
  • How “truth” and “love” are related in 2 & 3 John
  • What a congregation in the early church may have been like, based on evidence in these books
  • What situation gave rise to these letters

Karen Jobes has been teaching the books of 1, 2, and 3 John for years. She is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School. She is also the author of several books, including Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles.

Sign up for the course, watch the videos, and work through the activities. When you finish this course, you will be able to read the books of 1, 2, and 3 John with greater depth.

Meet Your Instructors

Karen H. Jobes

Ph.D., Westminister Theological Seminary

Karen H. Jobes is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she has also been involved in Bible translation. She and her husband are members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Course Outline

  • 1 John—Reassurance for Christians in Confusing Times

  • 2 and 3 John—Notes of Grace and Truth


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