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John 21:24-25: A case of failed attestation?

D.F. Tolmie
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 17, No 2 | a528 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v17i2.528 | © 1996 D.F. Tolmie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 1996 | Published: 21 April 1996

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Abstract

John 21:24-25: A case of  failed attestation In  this article  the  tendency  to  interpret John  21:24-25 narratologically as a highly sophisticated and effective  technique  is disputed.  Instead it is argued that  the Beloved Disciple  is  identified in  these  verses as  the  real author of the  Gospel  and  that  the  dominating  function  in  John  21  :24-25  is  the testimonial function  (also  known  as  the function  of attestation).  It  is  also argued  that  the  intended  effect  of this  junction  is  undermined  by  the awkward manner in which  it is  fulfilled.

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