umbrella term for various interpretive tools aimed at discerning the historicity of certain biblical events, including source and redaction criticism; unfortunately, this approach has historically been wedded to a skeptical stance toward the reliability of Scripture; see also Redaction criticism, Source criticism
stories of the miraculous deeds of a godlike hero
legendary expansions of historical narrative
"I am" sayings
statements of Jesus unique to John by which Jesus identifies himself in continuity with God's self-designation to Moses as "I am" (cf. Ex 3:14; e.g., "I am the Bread of Life")
also called Upper Room Discourse; this refers primarily to the unique material narrated in John 14-16, although sometimes the term is used to refer to the entire section of John 13-17, with chapter 13 as a preamble and chapter 17 as a postlude to the actual discourse narrated in chapters 14-16
unique Johannine designation of the Holy Spirit (Grk. paraklētos) best translated as "Helping Presence" or "Advocate"