Original Research - Special Collection: Africa Platform for NT Scholars

Oneness in John 17:1–26 as a paradigm for wider ecumenism and dialogue

Johnson Thomaskutty
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 3 | a7838 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i3.7838 | © 2022 Johnson Thomaskutty | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 June 2022 | Published: 13 October 2022

About the author(s)

Johnson Thomaskutty, Department of New Testament, The United Theological College, Bengaluru, India; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

This article re-reads John 17:1–26 with a focus on the theme of oneness within the micronarrative. A multilayered and polyvalent analysis of the text reveals that the theme of oneness holds the prayer together to suggest a new way forward for the Johannine community. The vision and the missio-praxis expressed in the prayer align the thought patterns of Jesus, the narrator, and the community of John. The interactions and the resultant wider perichōrētic relationships between Father and Jesus, Jesus and believers, Father and believers, believer(s) and believer(s), Father–Jesus–believers and Paraklētos and Father–Son–Paraklētos–believers and the World exist as a paradigm for today’s ecclesiastical bodies and theological institutions and organisations for wider ecumenism and dialogue.

Contribution: This article discusses the theme of oneness in John 17:1–26 as a paradigm for wider ecumenism and dialogue. As HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies emphasises biblical, ecumenical and dialogical engagements in theological discussions, this article fits well within the scope of the journal.


Keywords

oneness; John’s gospel; wider ecumenism; dialogue; wider perichōrēsis

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