Erwin Buck


John 13-21. The article explores the place of the unity motif in Jn 17:6-19. After a brief survey of the scholarly consensus regarding the levels of composition and the cultural and religious milieu of the Fourth Gospel, the study analyses the structure of this uniquely Johannine prayer of Jesus. Interpreting Jn 17:6-19 as an exposition of 17:1-5 (recapitulated in 17:22-26), the author concludes: according to John, the unity of the church belongs to the category of divine glory (17:22f.). That unity is not conceived in organizational terms but as an eschatological reality. Irrespective of outward appearances, the church is one, because the Father and the Son are one.