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By Birger Olsson,Richard J. Erickson

The lengthy background of interpretation of the 3 Johannine letters has been principally characterised, at the very least considering the fact that Irenaeus within the past due moment century, by way of the belief that the Elder was once addressing the Gnostic heresy. in recent times, fairly with the paintings of Raymond Brown, recognition has been occupied with the interior schism in the Johannine (or liked Disciple’s) group, therefore taking the 1st epistle as a corrective to secessionists’ inaccurate makes an attempt to learn the Gospel of John in an “advanced,” spiritualizing manner.

Birger Olsson returns to a much less universal standpoint, one who perspectives the predicament 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 sooner or later within the community’s existence, below the management of 1 Diotrephes, a few contributors of the group selected to reject this conviction and to attract different individuals 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 consciousness 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 mentioned in 1 John. severe 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 knowledge of each sort, from old to theological, from literary to sociological, that bears at the knowing and interpretation of those interesting files of the early church. if you search to understand the Johannine Letters, this is often the fundamental 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 exact 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 present in deepened perception with each one analyzing. hugely recommended.”
—Robert W. Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan reports, Seattle Pacific University

Birger Olsson is Professor Emeritus at Lund collage in Sweden. he's the writer of various works on text-linguistic research and at the Johannine literature, together with Structure and which 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 Nya Testamentet, for which Olsson additionally wrote the amount on 1 Peter.

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