The Johannine literature of the NT stands second only to the Pauline corpus in its contribution to our understanding of Christ and his work. Yet, it is a fundamentally different perspective, one that focuses more on who Christ in his person is, and the relationship of Christ to God. It is more narrative drive, like the Old Testament, but powerful and sublime nevertheless. The Epistles of John are a companion to John's use of narrative, and though it is more propositional in form, the writing and abstract conceptuality of the book are rivaled in profundity by the books of Revelation and the Gospel of John. In the New Testament Library commentary on I, II, & III John Judith Lieu tackles these profoundly theological "letters" not just in terms of thought, but in relationship to their historical context and to the ways the book has been (correctly or incorrectly) received in the Christian tradition.
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