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On the implausibility of identifying the disciple in John 18:15–16 as a Galilean Fisherman

Myles, R.J. and Kok, M. (2019) On the implausibility of identifying the disciple in John 18:15–16 as a Galilean Fisherman. Novum Testamentum, 61 (4). pp. 367-385.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341637
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Abstract

John 18:15–16 mentions an unknown disciple of Jesus who “was known to the high priest” giving him access to the events in Caiaphas’s courtyard. A minority of scholars maintain the identity of this disciple is consistent with John, the son of Zebedee, whom they also maintain was the author of the Fourth Gospel. To support this position, the commonplace fiction of Galilean fishermen belonging to an aspiring “middle-class” is asserted. This article reviews the arguments and suggests that a more robust representation of class stratification in the ancient world demonstrates the implausibility of such a scenario.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: Brill
Copyright: © 2019 koninklijke brill nv, leiden,
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/51521
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