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The debate on the structure of 1 John

P. J. van Staden
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 2 | a2407 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i2.2407 | © 1991 P. J. van Staden | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 09 January 1991

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P. J. van Staden, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The lack of consensus concerning the structure of 1 John applies to the division in main sections and the subdivisions of each main section, as well as to the proposed themes for the various sections. In this paper the opinions of some of the most prominent scholars are shortly discussed and assessed. In this procedure the scholar’s proposals for the different transitions of the main sections and subsections are critically scrutinised. In the new proposal that follows, the view is expressed that, if certain literary features such as chiasms and parallelisms are duly taken in consideration, it can be asserted that 1 John does display a coherent structure of some sort.


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