Download PDF by Terry Griffith: Keep yourselves from idols : a new look at 1 John

By Terry Griffith

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Challenging gnositicizing interpretations of the letter, Terry Griffith explores how the polemic opposed to idols was once variously utilized in Jewish and Christian circles to outline self-identity and the boundaries of neighborhood. He exhibits that the rhetoric of one John isn't polemical, yet pastoral, directed at confirming Johannine Christians of their primary confession of religion and combating additional defections of Jewish Christians again to Judaism. Griffith argues that the christological concentration in 1 John issues the identity of Jesus because the Messiah, and that the finishing of the letter either contributes to the author's total pastoral technique and sheds gentle at the problems with sin and christology which are raised during this letter.

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Such views of Jesus are false and therefore this effectively makes the proponents of a heretical Christology 'idolaters'. 21 in terms of the worship of a 'false god': The issue facing the readers is one of belief in God or of turning to a false god. 21 in terms of one of the classical meanings of e'(5coAov, 'an image in the mind': [It] embraces all false conceptions of God. 13 However, the difficulty with this type of definition is that it is by no means evident that 'untrue mental images' would be the expected antithesis to the 'true God'.

Survey of Interpretations 15 expression of this idea. 1, 5, 6). Such views of Jesus are false and therefore this effectively makes the proponents of a heretical Christology 'idolaters'. 21 in terms of the worship of a 'false god': The issue facing the readers is one of belief in God or of turning to a false god. 21 in terms of one of the classical meanings of e'(5coAov, 'an image in the mind': [It] embraces all false conceptions of God. 13 However, the difficulty with this type of definition is that it is by no means evident that 'untrue mental images' would be the expected antithesis to the 'true God'.

For example, Nauck appeals to T. Reub. 6 to support the direct equation of idols with sin: 'For impurity is a destruction to the soul, separating it from God and bringing it near to the idols [TOIS siScoXois]'. However, all this demonstrates is that the sin of impurity leads to the sin of idolatry. The idols here function as the antithesis to God, not as the parallel to impurity. Lazure makes reference to 2 Cor. 1, a passage in which many scholars find close affinities with the Qumran writings.

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