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The Old Testament Background

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One of the striking features of going to the Old Testament for help in understanding the background of μαθητής is the absence of discipleship terminology. Karl H. Rengstorf, on the basis of his observation that there is an absence of "disciple" termz"nology in the Old Testament, concludes that there is a corresponding absence of the concept of discipleship as well. In addition, he contends that since the "ideal" of discipleship in the Old Testament is that between Israel and Yahweh, to be the disciple of any other master would preempt the supreme place of Yahweh. Talmîdh appears to be the Hebrew equivalent of μαθητής. Talmîdh is used only once in the Hebrew Old Testament. In the Old Testament world the concept of discipleship derives from the perceived needs and purposes of the people involved, not from the terminology. The Old Testament does not yield any explicit statement of scribal schools.

Keywords: μαθητής discipleship; Israel; Karl H. Rengstorf; Old Testament; Talmîdh; Yahweh



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