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Bibil Identifier bibil:239426
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) A Commentary on the Letters of John
Title (English, ) An Intra-Jewish Approach
Author Olsson, Birger
Translator Erickson, Richard J.
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USB 3434
Place 227.8.07
Publishing house Pickwick Publications
Place Eugene, Oregon
ISBN 978-1-60899-774-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xvi Pages
365 Pages
height in cm 25
Genre Translation
Abstract The long history of interpretation of the three Johannine letters has been largely characterized, at least since Irenaeus in the late second century, by the assumption that the Elder was addressing the Gnostic heresy. In recent years, particularly with the work of Raymond Brown, attention has been focused on the internal schism within the Johannine (or Beloved Disciple's) community, thus taking the first epistle as a corrective to secessionists' misguided attempts to read the Gospel of John in an "advanced," spiritualizing manner.
Birger Olsson returns to a less common perspective, one that views the crisis facing the Elder as a wholly "intra-Jewish" problem. The Johannine community comprised Jewish believers who regarded Jesus as the long-promised Messiah of Israel, but at some point in the community's life, under the leadership of one Diotrephes, some members of the community chose to reject this conviction and to entice other members to do likewise. Olsson anchors his thoroughgoing interpretation of the three letters in this conflict among Jewish Christians over the nature of the Messiah and the renewal of Israel's ancient covenant. Among other things, this implies that the letters were written in reverse order of their numbering.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Catholic Epistles : Epistles of John
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Beloved Disciple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Jewish Christianity
Genres Commentary
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