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Understanding ‘sin’ in the Johannine epistles

Show simple item record Van der Merwe, D.G. 2019-12-04T08:14:23Z 2019-12-04T08:14:23Z 2005
dc.identifier.citation Van der Merwe, D.G., 2005.,2005, Understanding ‘sin’ in the Johannine epistles, Verbum et Ecclesia 26(2), 543-570 en
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705
dc.description.abstract The author of the Johannine Epistles has a good deal to say about sin. He abhors sin, seeing it as incompatible with God’s character (ὁ θεὸς φῶς ἐστιν, 1:5; δίκαιός ἐστιν, 2:29; ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη, 4:8) and with the status of believers as God’s children. In this article attention is given to the following relevant aspects for understanding ‘hamartiology’ in the Johannine epistles from a ‘family perspective’: (1) the ‘family of God’ metaphor is used as the setting in which the author describes his symbolic narrative; (2) a differentiation is made between sin inside and sin outside the family; (3) sin outside the family is also described in terms of reciprocals to emphasize its condemnation; (4) finally, he focuses on the ‘forgiveness of sin’. This investigation is done against the socio-religious circumstances of the Johannine community in order to understand the Elder’s ethical and doctrinal definitions of sin. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aosis en
dc.title Understanding ‘sin’ in the Johannine epistles en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology en

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