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

Ismo Dunderberg


The relationship between the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas has become a hotly debated issue, with several scholars arguing that John and Thomas are gospels in conflict. The first part of this book argues that the two gospels were written about the same time, but without knowledge of each other. Their authors drew upon similar Jewish and early Christian traditions independently from each other. The second part is devoted to the enigmatic ‘disciple Jesus loved’ in the Gospel of John, arguing that this disciple was created not only to authenticate this gospel, but also to replace the br ... More

Keywords: disciples of Jesus, apostles, conflict, early Christian communities, apocryphal gospels, canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199284962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ismo Dunderberg, author
Professor of New Testament, University of Helsinki
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