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Discipleship, Christian
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I. New Testament – II. Church History – III. Ethics

I. New Testament

1. Discipleship of Jesus in the Gospels

An important aspect of the description of Jesus' activity in the Gospels is his call to discipleship. This call is issued unconditionally and requires an immediate decision. When the disciples hear Jesus' invitation to follow him, they obey at once and follow him (ἀκολουϑεῖν/akoloutheín; Mark 1:16–20 parr.; 2:13–14 parr.; cf. Luke 5:1–11; John 1:35–51). Others, however, fail to appreciate the u…

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Sim, David, Köpf, Ulrich and Ulrich, Hans G., “Discipleship, Christian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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