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Unity in John 17 and in IQS I-IX: A comparative study

B. W. de Wet
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 18, No 1 | a1123 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v18i1.1123 | © 1997 B. W. de Wet | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 July 1997 | Published: 19 July 1997

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B. W. de Wet, Departement Nuwe Testament, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The unity theme as it is found in John 17 and in IQS I-IX provides sufficient comparative material to give an indication of the extent to which John’s theology flourished within the contemporary Jewish context. It is argued that the events surrounding Christ constituted for John the central point of orientation according to which the typical Jewish ideas could be interpreted and reformulated. It is finally concluded that, according to this radical and exclusive Christian dynamic approach, certain elements within Judaism, also found among members of the Qumran community, were reinterpreted, while others were either continued or discontinued.

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