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Appendix B: Internal Data on John’s Eyewitness Status

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The discussion in this chapter necessarily supposes that the Beloved Disciple was an actual, historical, person, and this contra those exegetes who would interpret him as merely a symbolic figure or literary device. The Gospel of John clearly presents the Beloved Disciple as someone who existed in historical time. More to the point, the Beloved Disciple interacts with other characters in the narrative, most notably Jesus and Peter. That the Beloved Disciple moved in the circles of the elite is tantalizing in light of 12:42, wherein John informs the reader that even some among the rulers feared being made aposynagōgos. John's basis in Jerusalem and his connections with the elite points to the Beloved Disciple as someone who would potentially have had access to eyewitness testimony regarding the matters discussed in the aposynagōgos passages.

Keywords: aposynagōgos passages; Beloved Disciple; Gospel of John; Jerusalem; Jesus; John's eyewitness status

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