The Father, the Son and the Beloved Disciple : revelation and self-identity in the Fourth Gospel

Williams, Elizabeth (2001) The Father, the Son and the Beloved Disciple : revelation and self-identity in the Fourth Gospel. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis explores how the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Beloved Disciple is presented in the Fourth Gospel and what this implies about how the Johannine community understood itself. The thesis focuses particularly upon the significance of the parallel between the Son as revealer of the Father and the Beloved Disciple as the revealer of the Son. The argument of the thesis is that the fundamental assertion of the Gospel is that salvation consists in communion with the Father who is revealed through the Son. But a secondary motif stresses that the Beloved Disciple reveals the Son, and thus through the Beloved Disciple the Johannine community can claim a secure grasp of the revelation of the Father. This is not an exclusive claim, however, and the community still sees itself as part of the larger Christian koinania. albeit a very distinctive part.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1527
Item ID: 1527
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 91-94
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies
Date: 2001
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Beloved Disciple; Bible; Johannine school

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