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Disciples and Discipleship
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I. History of Religion – II. New Testament – III. Dogmatics

I. History of Religion

Gathering disciples around themselves was part of the work of those who founded, renewed and established religions (Buddha, Jesus, Confucius, Lao Tsu, Mahāvīra, Mani, Muḥammad, Nanak, Zarathustra) as well as of other – if not all – prophets, masters, theosophists, visionaries and enthusiasts. Discipleship is the elite status among the followers of charismatic leadership (Charisma) with a religious claim…

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Ebertz, Michael N., März, Claus-Peter and Marquardt, Manfred, “Disciples and Discipleship”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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