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The identity of the recipients of the Fourth Gospel in the light of the purpose of the Gospel

Won-Ha Hwang, J. G. van der Watt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 2 | a224 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i2.224 | © 2007 Won-Ha Hwang, J. G. van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2007 | Published: 06 May 2007

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Won-Ha Hwang, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. G. van der Watt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The purpose of this article is to explore the identity of the recipients at the time of the completion of the Gospel. An effort is made to determine to whom John wrote this Gospel and how he adapted his theological message to reach this aim. It will be argued that John did not only focus on a specific group of people, but had a wide variety of people (i.e., Jews, Hellenists, Samaritans) in mind, which leads to the conclusion that the Fourth Gospel was written with both evangelistic and didactic aims.


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