The historical survey about discipleship in the Fourth Gospel indicates that
the literature of the second half of this century was sketchy about this
theme. Up till 1972 a thematic-theological approach highlighted some
characteristics of discipleship as they appeared in all four gospels. The
study of Jimenez (1972) was the first substantial approach to research
about discipleship in the Fourth Gospel and caused a paradigm shift to
restrict his study to only the Fourth Gospel. During the 80's the interest
about this theme increased, due to Rudolph Bultmann. After Bultmann
more attention was paid to the situation and circumstances of the audience
which contribute to a greater interest on discipleship and ecclesiology in
the Fourth Gospel. Although no constant current influence on discipleship
has been observed, most scholars are unanimous that the focal point of
discipleship lies in the "Last Discourse".
Continued 2001 as 'Verbum et Ecclesia'
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