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In die Skriflig

On-line version ISSN 2305-0853
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Abstract

KOK, Jacobus (Kobus). The plenipotentiary idea as Leitmotiv in John's GospelOpsomming: Gesantskap as leitmotief in die Johannesevangelie. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.2, pp.1-9. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/IDS.V49I2.1923.

In this article the plenipotentiary idea in John's Gospel is studied in relation to Jewish institution(s) of agency. It is argued that the missionary idea in John's Gospel is a Leitmotiv (central or dominant theme) that integrates the Christology and Soteriology in the fourth Gospel. Jesus is presented as being God's empowered plenipotentiary who was sent by God to give life and to judge - qualities that were judged to be the prerogative of the Creator-God. After the resurrection, Jesus empowers his disciples to become plenipotentiaries who are called to continue the mission that God had started in and through Jesus. Unlike some scholars who argue that John is a sectarian writing aimed at an in-group, the author of this article argues that John's idea of mission is one that encourages an openness towards outsiders, motivated by love and other regarded, and expressed in a boundary transcending manner.

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