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Bibil Identifier bibil:221746
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Eschatology in the First Epistle of John
Title (English, ) κοινωνία in the familia Dei
Author van der Merwe, D.G.
Journal Verbum et Ecclesia (Volume: 27, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language English
Pages 1045-1076 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The schism that occurred in the Johannine community has been reinterpreted by the author of the first Epistle of John. In his opinion, the incident involving the schismatics could be interpreted as the coming of the antichrist(s), which marks the ‘final hour’ and describes an eschatological moment. This eschatological moment heightens the community’ s awareness of the fact that they live in an eschatological time, which will, at some time in the future, have an eschatological consummation, regardless of the form it takes. This present eschatological life is described by the author as continuous κοινωνία within the family of God, the familia Dei, and as long as this family abides in the light, they will progressively experience divine life and fellowship. The consummation of this new existence will be experienced in the future, when the Son of God ‘is revealed’. In this context one can label the eschatology of 1 John a progressively realizing eschatology that embraces a future eschatological consummation. A transitional eschatological event, which will end the present eschatological time and start a new one, is referred to by the author as ‘when he (the Son of God) is revealed’ (ἐὰν φανερωθῇ, 2:28; 3:2), ‘his parousia’ (παρουσίᾳ αὐτοῦ), 2:28), and ‘the day of judgment’ (τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῆς κρίσεως, 4:17). Both present and future eschatology have to be interpreted and understood from the perspective of koinwnia in the familia Dei.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Eschatology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Catholic Epistles : Epistles of John : 1 John
Terms παρουσία παρουσια
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