Original Research - Special Collection: Mag in die Nuwe Testament

Mag deur taal in 1 Johannes

Jan G. van der Watt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1196 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1196 | © 2012 Jan G. van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 November 2011 | Published: 05 June 2012

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Jan G. van der Watt, Department of New Testament Exegesis and Source Texts of Christianity, Radboud University, Netherlands

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Power through language in 1 John. Power is often exercised through language. Here it is argued that the author of John utilises different language strategies in order to exert power over and to influence his intended readers. His authority lies in his association with the ethos of the group which he feels he represents. From this position he makes his assumptions and builds his arguments. He also makes use of stereotypes to strengthen the identity of his group and to vilify the opponents who are no longer part of the group. His use of terms like koinōnia [fellowship] or filial language is also a powerful way to build the identity and social reality of his group.


Letters of John; language in John; power in John; tradition in John


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