Hi guys, Just posting the first lecture in the-epistles-of-john.ppt series.
Please make sure you read right through all the assigned material (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) for next Tuesday’s discussion. Remember that we are assembling evidence for the historical context of the letters. An excellent (though densely argued) book on the subject is Martin Hengel’s The Johannine Question. His solution to the problem that I have set you is to begin at 3 John and work back through 2 John to 1 John. Hope that’s not too much of a hint!
The text of the Powerpoint is from Wikpedia (easy to spot!) which takes a very conservative line, so Hengel provides a helpful alternative viewpoint.