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The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas$
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Ismo Dunderberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284962.001.0001

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The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John

The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John

(p.116) 5 The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John
The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?

Ismo Dunderberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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