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- John 1b-3: Jesus's First Week and the Testimony of John. The first week of Jesus's ministry: Jesus is baptized, John the Baptist bears witness of him, John's disciples follow him, and he calls Philip, and performs his first miracle turning water into wine. Jesus attends the Passover at Jerusalem and discusses baptism and rebirth with Nicodemus. John the Baptist again bears witness of Jesus.
- John 4: Jesus at the well in Samaria. Jesus passes through Samaria and asks water from a Samaritan woman. Jesus explains that he is the living water that satisfies all thirst. He tells the woman her history, and many Samaritans believe on Jesus.
- John 5: Sabbath of the paralytic. Jesus heals a man paralyzed for 38 years. The Jews oppose him for healing on the Sabbath, then for stating that he is the son of God.
- John 6: Feeding the multitude. Jesus feeds a large multitude with only five loaves and two fishes. Jesus explains that he is the bread of life that satisfies all hunger.
- John 7-10: The Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus attends the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem. He preaches that he comes from his Father and will soon go where the Jews will be unable to find him or follow. The next morning Jesus is confronted with a woman taken in adultery. Jesus and the Jews debate whether the Jews are children of Abraham or of the devil. When Jesus states that he is the son of God, the Jews seek to stone him, but he escapes, stopping to heal a man blind from birth. The Jews interrogate the man and assert their discipleship to Moses in contrast to the man discipleship to Jesus. When the Jews cast the man out of the synagogue, Jesus explains how he he is the good shepherd. These themes are then reprised at the Feast of Dedication.
- John 11-12: Jesus in Bethany and Jerusalem. Jesus travels to Bethany and raises Lazarus from the dead. The final week of Jesus's ministry: Mary anoints Jesus's feet, Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus foretells his death, and God the Father bears witness of Christ.
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- It appears that in the first half of John 1b-12 the story emphasizes the witness and comparison to the great prophet John the Baptist, while the second half emphasizes Christ's sonship to God.
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