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Summary and Conclusion

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This chapter establishes that the Farewell Discourses are not merely one more example of the biblical testament. They also resonate with Greek tragedy, ancient consolation literature and the literary symposium. Various literary forms were bent and twisted as needed. Attending to this variety has been the object of the chapter. It establishes that the Paraclete is more than a successor, and the Paraclete's role as Jesus' double stands out clearly in light of ancient consolation. This insight leads to the literary symposium. The chapter arrives at the conclusion that the Farewell Discourses are not a treatise on consolation, nor is the Last Supper a symposium. But, three literary forms bear close resemblance to aspects of the Farewell Discourses, and attending to these additional forms clarifies the unique shape of the testament of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

Keywords: Farewell Discourses; Gospel of John; Greek tragedy; Jesus; Last Supper; Paraclete

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