'1-3 John' treats the three letters of John as a unified epistolary package. Taking a thorough and scholarly approach, John Paul Heil proposes two important contributions to the study of 1-3 John. First, he presents new comprehensive chiastic structures for each of the three letters of John based on concrete linguistic evidence in the text. These chiastic structures serve as the guide to a better understanding of for whom John's epistles were meant, and why they were written. Secondly, it treats these letters from the point of view of their worship context and themes. Not only were 1-3 John intended to be performed orally as part of liturgical worship, but together these three letters plead with their audience to engage in a distinctive kind of ethical worship. The three letters of John are most concerned with giving their audience the experience of living eternally by the worship that consists of loving God and one another.
John Paul Heil is Professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is the author most recently of 'The Book of Revelation: Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy' (2014).
Abbreviations 1) Introduction 2) 3 John: The Elder to Gaius 3) 2 John: The Elder to an Elect Lady 4) 1 John 1:1-10: He Will Cleanse Us from All Unrighteousness 5) 1 John 2:1-14: If We Keep His Commandments the Love of God Has Been Perfected 6) 1 John 2:15-17: Do Not Love the Things in the World 7) 1 John 2:18-27: The One Confessing the Son Also Has the Father 8) 1 John 2:28-3:6: You Know Whoever Does Righteousness Has Been Begotten from Him 9) 1 John 3:7-12: We Should Love One Another 10) 1 John 3:13-17: We Ought To Lay Down Our Lives for the Brothers 11) 1 John 3:18-24: Believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and Love One Another 12) 1 John 4:1-6: In This You Know the Spirit of God 13) 1 John 4:7-12: God Has Sent His Son so that We Might Live through Him 14) 1 John 4:13-5:2: Just as That One Is so We Are in This World 15) 1 John 5:3-12: This Is the Love of God that We Keep His Commandments 16) 1 John 5:13-21: All Unrighteousness Is Sin 17) Summary and Conclusion Bibliography Scripture Index Author Index