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The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John

Ismo Dunderberg

in The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284962
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284962.003.0005
The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John

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This chapter argues that the enigmatic ‘disciple Jesus loved’ in John cannot be identified, and that the evidence for his role as the founder and the leader of the Johannine group remains meagre. The Beloved Disciple is no doubt an ideal figure in John, but he is not necessarily portrayed as a paradigm of true faith to the audience. Rather, his major function is to authenticate the contents of the Gospel of John. While he is often compared to the Paraclete in John, his figure is more closely connected with that of Jesus. He is one link in the chain of the transmission of divine revelation: the Father supplied the beloved Son with this revelation, and the Beloved Disciple was needed to transmit it to future generations.

Keywords: early Christian communities; ideal figures; authentication; divine revelation; Beloved Disciple

Chapter.  9933 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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