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Beloved Disciple
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[German Version]

“The disciple whom Jesus loved” describes an anonymous figure in the Gospel of John (John, Gospel of); he appears along with Peter at the Last Supper (13:23), at the foot of the cross (19:26f.), and in the Easter narrative (20:2–20; 21:7, 20–23). John 21:24 says that he wrote the Gospel, thus inseparably linking him with the question of the Gospel's authorship. It is an open question whether the anonymous former disciple of John the Baptist in 1:35–40 and the disciple known to the high priest in …

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Frey, Jörg, “Beloved Disciple”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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