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The Johannine Epistles are today read as an important part of the Johannine literature. Yet the meaning of the text is often unclear. Part of the problem arises because, although 1 John is called an Epistle, it lacks the formal marks of an Epistle. In 1, 2, and 3 John, John Painter illuminates the relationship 1, 2, and 3 John have to each other and to the Gospel. Painter explains the historical context of the Johannine Epistles using a socio-rhetorical approach. The writings are shown to reflect a situation of conflict and schism within the Johannine community; they seek to persuade the readers of the truth of the writer?s message. In this truth, the readers are encouraged to abide if they would have the assurance of eternal life. Painter also examines the inseparable connection between belief and ethical life in active love for one another. Through the socio-rhetorical approach Painter brings to light the continuing relevance of these writings. 1, 2, and 3 John is divided into two parts. Chapters under 1 John are ?Introduction to the Exegesis of 1 John,? ?Outline of 1 John,? ?First Presentation of the Two Tests (1:6-2:27),? ?Excursus: Sin and Sinlessness,? ?Excursus: Love of the Brother/Sister: of One Another,? ?Excursus: The Antichrist,? ?Second Presentation of the Two Tests (2:28-4:6),? ?Third Presentation of the Two Tests (4:7-5:12),? ?Conclusion (5:13-21), and ?Excursus: ?A Sin Unto Death.?? Chapters under 2 and 3 John are ?2 John,? ?Introduction to the Exegesis of 2 John,? ?Outline of 2 John,? ?Prescripti 2 John 1-3,? ?Body of the Letter (4-11),? ?Notice of Intention to Visit (12),? and ?Final Greetings (13),? ?3 John,? ?Introduction to the Exegesis of 3 John,? ?Outline of 3 John,? ?Prescript: 3 John 1-2,? ?Body of Letter (3-12),? and ?Final Greetings (13-15).??This volume has been written from a Roman Catholic perspective in two senses of the word: inclusive in its method and perspectives and shaped by the context of the Roman Catholic tradition. Through the socio-rhetorical approach, Painter brings to light the continuing relevance of these writings.? Theological Studies?I commend this commentary to professors and students alike and suspect it will be well received and enduring. The sheer clarity Painter brings to difficult passages in the course of his exegesis reflects a notable mastery that reads as deceptively easy.? Review & Expositor?John Painter is a careful and thorough scholar. His latest work must be considered a major commentary on the Johannine Epistles. Building on sound traditional scholarship, Painter?s commentary dialogues with the most recent proposals regarding both method and content. The introduction is particularly thorough and of considerable value by itself. It is a commentary which must be taken into account in future study of the Johannine letters. It is also a first-rate contribution to the Sacra Pagina series, a series already marked by a number of excellent commentaries.? Urban C. von Wahlde Professor of New Testament Loyola University of Chicago?This rich and detailed commentary represents nearly forty years of engagement by its author with the Johannine literature. Situated between the large-scale commentaries of Raymond Brown or Rudolf Schnackenburg and a number of recent, one-volume commentaries, Painter offers a comprehensive and coherent understanding of these letters . . . It is written in a tight, logical, and academic style with terse sentences that sometimes pack together a sequence of material. As such, this is a commentary for close study, accompanied by a careful reading of the text, rather than for reflection.? Interpretation?This new volume in the Sacra Pagina series will fascinate experts and lay persons alike for several reasons, not least of which is the happy marriage of material and commentator: John Painter is ideally suited to comment on the Johannine letters.? Toronto Journal of Theology?This particular volume makes available to the researcher an incredible amount of information in the beginning of the book on the history and theological development of Johannine thought. This scholarship assists the reader continuously throughout the remainder of the book in understanding the particulars of each of the three letters of John.? Saint Mary?s Press?This is a very fine addition to the Sacra Pagina series and an essential tool for those interested in the historical development of the Johannine community and writings. Pacifica

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Liturgical Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0814658121
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0814658123
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.75 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.33 x 1.49 x 9.34 inches
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