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Discipleship - The word disciple comes from the Greek word

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  • Submitted: 07/08/2003
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GCSE Discipleship

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R.E Coursework - Discipleship

Introduction:

The word disciple comes from the Greek word "Mathétés". It means, one who learns. The twelve disciples were chosen to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. There are four lists given of the names of the disciples. In Mark's gospel the list is in Mk3: 16-19. In Mark and Matthew's gospel they both include Thaddeus but in Luke's gospel he has Judas Son of James nicknamed Thaddeus since the name Judas was hated by the early church. But at that time disciples were very common, everybody had them because in MK 2:18, we are told that the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting. All rabbis had disciples. They hoped to become rabbis themselves and thought that they'd get glory, wealth, honour and maybe even a place in heaven for leading a good life. What is unique to discipleship for Jesus is the type of people who followed him, the values needed to be a true disciple, how he called them to follow him and what they were charged to do.

The calling of the Disciples:

Jesus called the lowest people in Jewish society, fishermen and tax collectors, etc. The

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