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Johannine style: some initial remarks on the functional use of repetition in the Gospel according to John

J. van der Watt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 42, No 1 | a258 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v42i1.258 | © 2008 J. van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2008 | Published: 27 July 2008

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J. van der Watt, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Some of the ways in which John uses the stylistic feature of re- petition in his Gospel are investigated. His repetitive use of the concept “eternal life” is first focused on, pointing out the stylistic changes that occur as the gospel narrative progresses. Then the way in which the word “eternal” is repetitively linked to the word “life” is explored, showing a consistent pattern throughout the Gospel. The selective use and development of the frequent- ly used concept of “love” is then scrutinised in the first twelve chapters of the Gospel, followed by an investigation of the functional use of the concept “to follow” in this Gospel. Reasons for these repetitions are then explored.


Eternal Life; Gospel Of John; Love; Repetition


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