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By Birger Olsson,Richard J. Erickson

The lengthy historical past of interpretation of the 3 Johannine letters has been principally characterised, no less than given that Irenaeus within the overdue moment century, through the belief that the Elder was once addressing the Gnostic heresy. in recent times, quite with the paintings of Raymond Brown, consciousness has been thinking about the interior schism in the Johannine (or cherished Disciple’s) neighborhood, therefore taking the 1st epistle as a corrective to secessionists’ erroneous makes an attempt to learn the Gospel of John in an “advanced,” spiritualizing manner.

Birger Olsson returns to a much less universal standpoint, person who perspectives the trouble dealing with the Elder as a totally “intra-Jewish” challenge. The Johannine group comprised Jewish believers who seemed Jesus because the long-promised Messiah of Israel, yet at some point soon within the community’s existence, less than the management of 1 Diotrephes, a few individuals of the group selected to reject this conviction and to attract different participants to do likewise. Olsson anchors his thoroughgoing interpretation of the 3 letters during this clash between Jewish Christians over the character of the Messiah and the renewal of Israel’s old covenant. between different issues, this means that the letters have been written in opposite order in their numbering.

“Though no longer the 1st to spot the Epistles with an intra-Jewish dispute, Olsson develops his personal view with meticulous awareness to the textual content of the Epistles, arguing that they need to be learn in opposite order. This has the impression of describing the method of the schism said in 1 John. severe readers of the Epistles will gain significantly from this persuasive and insightful work.”
—John Painter, Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University

“Few if any commentaries can fit the fullness of Olsson’s multifaceted method of the Johannine Letters. here's a digital mine of data of each style, from historic to theological, from literary to sociological, that bears at the knowing and interpretation of those attention-grabbing records of the early church. should you search to understand the Johannine Letters, this can be the basic source to have.”
—Donald A. Hagner, Emeritus Professor of latest testomony, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Birger Olsson’s significant remark at the Johannine Epistles locates those precise New testomony writings on the finish of the 1st century inside a Judaism suffering to discover itself following Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem. . . . this isn't a remark for timid readers yet person who will gift in deepened perception with each one studying. hugely recommended.”
—Robert W. Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan reviews, Seattle Pacific University

Birger Olsson is Professor Emeritus at Lund college in Sweden. he's the writer of various works on text-linguistic research and at the Johannine literature, together with Structure and that means within the Fourth Gospel: A Text-Linguistic research of John 2:1–11 and 4:1–42 (1974). the present quantity was once initially released in Swedish as a part of the Kommentar until eventually Nya Testamentet, for which Olsson additionally wrote the amount on 1 Peter.

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