The Role of the Disciples in the Prophetic Mission of Jesus

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Abstract

This article discusses what it meant for Jesus’ disciples to be disciples of a prophet and, consequently, what the presence of such prophet-disciples can tell us about his mission. This is done by situating the Gospel material about Jesus’ disciples in the context of early Jewish conceptions of prophetic discipleship, ultimately based on the Old Testament narratives about ancient Israelite prophets and on the prophetic books themselves. Among the ‘prophets of old’, the portrayals of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah and their disciples will be considered. Despite the differences between various portrayals in the Old Testament and in early Jewish interpretations of it, there are some traits that are common to several of the prophet-disciples and that we may also detect in the disciples of the historical Jesus. Jesus’ disciples took on a threefold role in their capacity as prophet-disciples: first of all, they were tradition-bearers and as such probably expected to replace their master; secondly, they were representatives and co-workers who shared in tasks such as preaching, healing and baptising; thirdly and finally, they were informants from whom Jesus learned about his own reputation and prospects as a prophet.

Details

Authors
  • Tobias Hägerland
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies

Keywords

  • disciples, historical Jesus, memory, New Testament, prophet
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Mission of Jesus : Second Nordic Symposium on the Historical Jesus, Lund, 7-10 October 2012
EditorsSamuel Byrskog, Tobias Hägerland
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Pages177-201
ISBN (Print)978-3-16-153335-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

Related research output

Samuel Byrskog (ed.) & Hägerland, T. (ed.), 2015, Mohr Siebeck. 239 p. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II 391)

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