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John 17:1-26: The Missionary Prayer of Jesus

Coloe, Mary L. (2018) John 17:1-26: The Missionary Prayer of Jesus. Australian Biblical Review, 66. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0045-0308

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In John 17 we have the final words spoken by Jesus before his passion, and so these words provide the last glimpse into the Johannine understanding of the cross. It is a moment of intense communion between Jesus and the Father and we are privileged to “overhear” this heavenly family conversation. For Jesus, this is a homecoming. Two time-frames need to be held together; a discourse Jesus delivers around the table on the night of his betrayal, and one that he delivers from the realm of the Father. Central to the chapter are three petitions for the disciples. Just as Jesus does not belong to the world, neither do they. Just as the Father sent Jesus into the world where he faced opposition, so now the disciples are sent and they too will face opposition. As Jesus is consecrated by the indwelling presence of God, so he prays for the disciples.
Some scholars, both ancient and modern, describe John 17 as the Highly Priestly Prayer and consider that when Jesus speaks of ‘consecration’ he is speaking as a priest. I disagree. The language of ‘consecration’ and union can distract from the ultimate function of Jesus’ words, which is to establish the foundation for the future mission of the disciples in his absence.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: John 17; Missionary Prayer;
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Mary L. Coloe
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 01:55
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 01:55
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3348

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