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

The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?: Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas

byIsmo Dunderberg

Hardcover | April 27, 2006

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Was the Gospel of John written in critical response to the Gospel of Thomas, an early collection of Jesus's sayings? Or was it directed to the Christians among whom Thomas originated? Ismo Dunderberg challenges these views, arguing that the two gospels were written at about the same time butwithout knowledge of each other. He also offers a thorough discussion of the identity and functions of the enigmatic Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John, throwing new light on this figure by comparing it to other `beloved' disciples of Jesus in early Christian literature. This part ofDunderberg's analysis also helps to evaluate the portrayal of Judas in the recently published Gospel of Judas, although this text was not yet available, when this study was completed.

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Ismo Dunderberg is Docent of New Testament, University of Helsinki.
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Title:The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?: Revisiting the Gospels of John and ThomasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. John and Thomas in conflict - about what?3. The figure of Thomas in the Gospel of John4. Jesus's I-sayings in Thomas and their relationship to Johannine traditions5. The Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John6. The Beloved Disciple and Thomas7. The Beloved Disciple in context8. Conclusion