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The Beloved Disciple : whose witness validates the Gospel of John?

Author: James H Charlesworth
Publisher: Valley Forge, Pa. : Trinity Press International, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Gospel of John refers five times to "the disciple whom Jesus loved." From the second through the present century, scholars have sought to identify this "disciple," traditionally concluding that he is the author of the Gospel and is indeed none other than John the son of Zebedee. In recent phases of research, however, the identification of the Beloved Disciple with John the son of Zebedee has been exposed as weak  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Charlesworth, James H.
Beloved Disciple.
Valley Forge, Pa. : Trinity Press International, 1995
(OCoLC)698020199
Named Person: Beloved Disciple.; Disciple bien-aimé; Beloved Disciple.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James H Charlesworth
ISBN: 1563381354 9781563381355
OCLC Number: 32704505
Description: xxv, 481 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: An exegesis of the passages in the Gospel of John that mention the Beloved Disciple --
The Beloved Disciple: scholars' suggestions --
Fresh insights suggesting that Thomas is the Beloved Disciple --
Evidence and speculation as to who is not the Beloved Disciple --
The Beloved Disciple and "the other" --
The Johannine School and the School of Thomas --
The Beloved Disciple and Peter: a rivalry between East and West? --
The Gospel of Thomas and Thomas as the Beloved Disciple.
Responsibility: James H. Charlesworth.

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The Gospel of John refers five times to "the disciple whom Jesus loved." From the second through the present century, scholars have sought to identify this "disciple," traditionally concluding that he is the author of the Gospel and is indeed none other than John the son of Zebedee. In recent phases of research, however, the identification of the Beloved Disciple with John the son of Zebedee has been exposed as weak and unpersuasive. Yet, according to James Charlesworth, even this new research is problematic in that it tends to ascribe priority in discerning the meaning of the Gospel of John to documents other than the Gospel itself. Moreover, this research tends to impute historical accuracy to documents that were not primarily intended to present histories. Based on extensive research, then, Professor Charlesworth has concluded that the primary texts in the Gospel of John and the reflections of modern scholars indicate that any identification of the Beloved Disciple - whether with one of the disciples specified in the Gospel, with one who is anonymous in this Gospel, or with some symbolic theme - must provide credible answers to eight questions.

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