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John, Epistles of
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1. 1 John

1.1. Although 1 John is included among the Catholic Epistles, along with 2 and 3 John, it does not have the essential marks of a letter. When, though, the author calls his readers “children” and “beloved,” it shows that he was addressing specific people in a community (e.g., 2:7, 12–14). These people “believe in the name of the Son of God” (5:13). The entire church is in view, not just a single congregation. The work is thus a homily in which an introduction (1:1–4) is followed by sections that are alternately hortatory (1:5–2:17; 2:28–3:24; 4:7–5:4…

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Strecker, Georg, “John, Epistles of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J185>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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