The "Purity" Of The Disciples In John 13:10-11 And 15:2-3[門徒與「潔淨」(約十三10-11,十五2-3)]/梁美心


The Fourth Gospel contains only several occurrences of “purity” or “purification” terminology,but twice Jesus speaks of his disciples (save Judas) as “clean/pure” (Jn 13:10-11; 15:2-3). This paper will examine the significance and function of the motif of the “purity” of the disciples in these two passages in the footwashing and the vine-branches pericopae. As will be seen, the “purity” motif in the Fourth Gospel serves an ecclesial function to affirm the status and mission of the disciples as God’s people in the world.