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Beloved Disciple
The Beloved Disciple
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE. A distinctive feature of the Gospel of John is the appearance in the later chapters of a character denoted simply as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”A. IntroductionB. Historical Personage Underlying the BDC. BD as Literary/Theological SymbolD. BD and PeterE. BD and the Composition
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE* Designation of one disciple, evidently the author of the Gospel of John (Jn 21:20–24). Five passages in John’s Gospel mention the disciple whom Jesus loved: (1) The disciple whom Jesus loved lay close to Jesus’ chest during the Last Supper and was beckoned by Peter to ask Jesus who
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beloved Disciple
Beloved Disciple, a disciple mentioned only in the Gospel of John and never identified by name. Appearing first at the Last Supper, reclining at Jesus’s bosom, at Peter’s bidding he asks the identity of Jesus’s betrayer (13:23–25). At the crucifixion, standing beneath the cross with Jesus’s mother, he
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beloved Disciple
Beloved DiscipleA mysterious, unnamed figure in the Fourth Gospel. He appears explicitly only in the Gospel’s second half (John 13–21) and serves as a witness to all the major events of Jesus’ final week: the supper, trial, crucifixion, empty tomb, and resurrection. His first appearance is at Jesus’
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE An unnamed disciple of Jesus who appears in the Gospel of John, one who must have had an especially close relationship with Jesus (John 13:23; 19:26; 21:7, 20). In John 21:24 the writer of the Gospel (identified in early Christian tradition as the apostle John, son of Zebedee) states
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
‘beloved disciple’
‘beloved disciple’. The anonymous and idealized disciple in St. *John’s Gospel, identified as the one ‘whom Jesus loved’ (13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, and 21:20) and at 21:24 (cf. 19:35) as the eye witness source of this gospel’s tradition. Some assume a reference to him also at 1:37–9 and 18:15. On account
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple, the
Beloved Disciple, TheBeloved Disciple, the, a disciple mentioned only in the Gospel of John and never identified by name. Appearing first at the Last Supper, reclining at Jesus’ bosom, at Peter’s bidding he asks the identity of Jesus’ betrayer (13:23–25). At the crucifixion, standing beneath the cross
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE — a title for one of the 12 disciples of Jesus (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Many scholars believe it refers to the apostle John.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE Abbreviated expression used to refer to a disciple for whom Jesus had deep feelings. He has been variously identified as Lazarus, an anonymous source or author of the Gospel, an idealized disciple, or John’s reference to himself without using his own name. Church tradition and interpretation
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Beloved Disciple
Beloved Disciple. The “disciple whom Jesus loved” is referred to only in the Gospel of John, but never identified by name. He is mentioned in the following passages: Jn. 13:23; 19:26–27; 20:2; 21:7, 20, 24. In addition, 18:15 and 19:35 are also usually taken to refer to the Beloved Disciple. The first
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
Beloved Disciple
BELOVED DISCIPLE“Beloved Disciple” is the commonly used title for the *disciple referred to by the Johannine narrator as “the disciple [mathētēs] whom Jesus loved [agapaō/phileō]” (Jn 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20).1. The Appropriateness of the Title2. The “Other Disciple”3. The Johannine Contexts
Key passages
Jn 19:26–27

So Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Jn 20:2–10

So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord from the tomb and we do not know where they have put him!” Then Peter and the other disciple went out and were going to the tomb. And the two were running together, and …

Jn 21:1–25

After these things Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now he revealed himself in this way: Simon Peter and Thomas (who was called Didymus) and Nathanael from Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two others of …

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