Christology and Discipleship in John 17
Using the method of literary critical analysis to read the Johannine narrative, Marianus Pale Hera underlines the profound relationship between the Johannine Christology and the Gospel´s teaching on discipleship. A narrative reading of selected passages from chapters 1-12 of John indicates the tendency to present christological teaching that leads to teaching on discipleship. The reading of these passages also identifies the elements that indicate the christological character of Johannine discipleship. The author´s exegesis of John 17 confirms that John´s teaching on Christology and discipleship are intimately interrelated to each other. All the elements that indicate the christological character of discipleship are on display in John 17. The author concludes that Christology, which is the center and heartbeat of John´s thought, is not an end in itself but leads to discipleship.