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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 due to the fact that Irenaeus within the past due moment century, via the belief that the Elder was once addressing the Gnostic heresy. in recent times, rather with the paintings of Raymond Brown, cognizance has been occupied with the interior schism in the Johannine (or liked Disciple’s) neighborhood, therefore 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 standpoint, person who perspectives the situation dealing with the Elder as a totally “intra-Jewish” challenge. The Johannine neighborhood comprised Jewish believers who looked Jesus because the long-promised Messiah of Israel, yet at some point soon within the community’s lifestyles, less than the management of 1 Diotrephes, a few participants of the neighborhood selected to reject this conviction and to appeal to 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 old 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 impact of describing the method of the schism stated in 1 John. critical readers of the Epistles will gain enormously 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 type, from historic to theological, from literary to sociological, that bears at the knowing and interpretation of those interesting files of the early church. in the event you search to grasp the Johannine Letters, this is often the basic source to have.”
—Donald A. Hagner, Emeritus Professor of latest testomony, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Birger Olsson’s significant statement at the Johannine Epistles locates those certain 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 statement for timid readers yet one who will gift in deepened perception with every one analyzing. hugely recommended.”
—Robert W. Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan experiences, 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 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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