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Jude, Epistle of
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The author of the Epistle of Jude calls himself “a servant of Jesus Christ” and “brother of James” but does not tell us to whom he is writing (vv. 1–2). The cause of writing is the intrusion of false teachers into an unknown community. These teachers promote licentiousness and, in fact, deny Christ (vv. 3–4). Their judgment is depicted (vv. 5–19) in terms taken from examples in the OT and the Apocrypha (vv. 5–7, 9, 11) and by means of pre-Christian and early Christian prophecy (vv. 14–18). The recipients are admonished to cling to their “most holy faith” (v. 20), the faith “once for all entru…

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Merkel, Helmut and Hultgren, Arland J., “Jude, Epistle of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J252>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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