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Epistles of John
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
John, Letters of
John, Letters of Three documents in the New Testament traditionally attributed to John, the author of the gospel.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
John, Epistles of
JOHN, EPISTLES OF. The three documents in the NT traditionally known as the Johannine epistles are not in each case epistles in the strict sense of the word, nor are they necessarily the work of an individual named John. 1 John (1 Jn) does not name its author, and 2 John (2 Jn) and 3 John (3 Jn) are
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
John, Letters of
John, Letters of. Three brief epistles ascribed to John. Their brevity is deceiving, for they deal with profound and critical questions about the basic nature of Christian religious experience.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
John, Epistles of
John, Epistles of The NT contains five books traditionally ascribed to John, and three of these are headed as epistles or letters. But only 2 and 3 John are strictly to be regarded as letters. Each is the length of an ordinary private letter, which could be written on a standard-size piece of papyrus
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
John, Letters of
JOHN, LETTERS OF Three brief epistles ascribed to John. Their brevity is deceiving, for they deal with profound and critical questions about the basic nature of Christian spiritual experience. The Johannine letters also provide interesting insight into the condition of the church at the end of the first
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
John, I, II and III Epistles of
JOHN, I, II AND III EPISTLES OF. These are often described as catholic or general epistles, but the designation is somewhat faulty since the second and third letters are addressed to local situations and the first to believers in a limited area, probably that portion of Asia Minor that looked to Ephesus
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
John, Letters of (Writing)
John, Letters ofThree NT letters traditionally bearing the name of John. Although they are included among the “Catholic” or “General” Epistles, all three seem to be addressed to specific situations. While the first letter is anonymous, the two smaller letters give their author as “the Elder.” It is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
John, Letters of (Writing)
John, Letters of. †Three brief New Testament books attributed to the apostle John.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
John, Letters Of
JOHN, LETTERS OF Three letters traditionally attributed to John, the son of Zebedee, although none of the letters mention his name. The letters are included among the seven Catholic Epistles (with James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude).
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
John, Letters of (Writing)
John, Letters ofThree of the NT’s twenty-one letters are associated with John. Even though they do not bear John’s name, an impressive church tradition and unmistakable thematic connections with the Fourth Gospel have suggested that they stem from John, the author of the Fourth Gospel.Interest in the
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
John, Epistles of St
John, Epistles of St. There are three ‘*Catholic Epistles’ which tradition ascribes to St *John, the Apostle and author of the Fourth Gospel. The longest and most important of them is the First. It is reckoned by *Eusebius among the ‘homologoumena’ and is attested by *Papias, *Polycarp, the *Muratorian
Key passages
1 Jn 1:1–8

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched, concerning the word of life—and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was …

1 Jn 2:22

Who is the liar except the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This person is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

1 Jn 4:1–10

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from …

2 Jn 7

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. This person is the deceiver and the antichrist!

3 Jn 11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

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