THE ASPECT OF FAITH IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE FAREWELL DISCOURSES OF JESUS

Although it must be admitted that the present position of Johannine studies is characterised by a sense of discovery and by an exciting new set of questions (Rensberger 1988:30), it can still be said that there is general acknowledgement and approval of the fact that the aspect of faith, according t...

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Published in: Neotestamentica Vol. 25; no. 2; pp. 327 - 340
Main Author: Du Toit, B.A
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: Pretoria The New Testament Society of South Africa / Die Nuwe-Testamentiese Werkgemeenskap van Suid-Afrika 01-01-1991
New Testament Society of Southern Africa
New Testament Society of South Africa
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Summary: Although it must be admitted that the present position of Johannine studies is characterised by a sense of discovery and by an exciting new set of questions (Rensberger 1988:30), it can still be said that there is general acknowledgement and approval of the fact that the aspect of faith, according to John's own statement in 20:31, constitutes a major theme in his gospel. This also accounts for the farewell discourses (Beutler 1984:9, Culpepper 1983:39). It is therefore of major importance for the understanding of the discourses to trace and decipher the aspect of faith in the gospel as a whole and to try to understand as clearly as possible how this concept is presented by the implied author. It is also my conviction that there is a direct relationship between the Christology of the Fourth Gospel and the aspect of faith within it. It may therefore be necessary to combine the investigation of πιστεύω in the gospel and farewell discourses with an inquiry into the Christology of John.
ISSN: 0254-8356
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