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New Testament Books - The Letters of John
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Part of New Testament Books:

1. The Synoptic Gospels

2. The Gospel of John

3. The Acts of the Apostles

4. The Letters of Paul

5. The Letter of James

6. The Letters of Peter

7. The Letters of John

8. The Letter of Jude

9. Revelation

While 2 Jn and 3 Jn are really “letters”, the first letter should rather be considered as a “manifesto” — “a tractate intended for all of Christendom, an encyclical directed to all fellow believers” (W. G. Kümmel, Introduction to the New Testament [1966], p. 307). But from the point of view of the subject-matter, 1 and 2 Jn go together, while 3 Jn deals …

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Franz Mussner, “New Testament Books - The Letters of John”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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