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Gk., “learner”

An apprentice or pupil attached to a teacher or movement; one whose allegiance is to the instruction and commitments of the teacher or movement. Most NT references to “disciple” designate “followers” of Jesus, often a large group including both his closest associates (the Twelve) and a larger number who followed with varying positive response (Luke 6:17). For disciples of other persons, see (Luke 11:1 and John 1:35 (John the Baptist), Matt 22:16 and Mark 2:18 (Pharisees), John 9:28 (Moses), and Acts 6:1-7) (Christians); cf. also (Isa 8:16) (Isaiah).