By Birger Olsson,Richard J. Erickson

ISBN-10: 1498257232

ISBN-13: 9781498257237

ISBN-10: 160899774X

ISBN-13: 9781608997749

The lengthy heritage of interpretation of the 3 Johannine letters has been mostly characterised, not less than seeing that Irenaeus within the past due moment century, by means of the belief that the Elder used to be addressing the Gnostic heresy. lately, really with the paintings of Raymond Brown, realization has been thinking about the inner schism in the Johannine (or loved Disciple’s) neighborhood, hence taking the 1st epistle as a corrective to secessionists’ faulty makes an attempt to learn the Gospel of John in an “advanced,” spiritualizing manner.

Birger Olsson returns to a much less universal viewpoint, person who perspectives the hindrance dealing with the Elder as a unconditionally “intra-Jewish” challenge. The Johannine neighborhood comprised Jewish believers who looked Jesus because the long-promised Messiah of Israel, yet sooner or later 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 contributors 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 historic covenant. between different issues, this suggests 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 realization 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 suggested in 1 John. critical readers of the Epistles will gain tremendously 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 type, from historic to theological, from literary to sociological, that bears at the knowing and interpretation of those attention-grabbing records of the early church. when you search to understand the Johannine Letters, this is often the fundamental source to have.”
—Donald A. Hagner, Emeritus Professor of recent testomony, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Birger Olsson’s significant remark at the Johannine Epistles locates those specific 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 observation for timid readers yet one who will present in deepened perception with every one studying. hugely recommended.”
—Robert W. Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan stories, Seattle Pacific University

Birger Olsson is Professor Emeritus at Lund collage in Sweden. he's the writer of diverse 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 used to be 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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