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New Testament Theology - Johannine Theology

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Author(s): Franz Mussner
Part of New Testament Theology: 1. Data and Methods 2. Pauline Theology 3. Johannine Theology A. General There is a “Christological concentration” in Johannine theology which is unparalleled in this form elsewhere in the NT. From the point of view of Church history and theological development, this is due to the fact that the problems at the time of the composition of the fourth gospel were chiefly Christological. The chief question, as may also be seen from 1 Jn, was one which is again highly relevant today: Is…

New Testament Books - The Letter of James

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Author(s): Franz Mussner
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation The Letter of James was probably written by James of Jerusalem, “the brother of the Lord” (cf. Gal 1:19; Josephus Antiquities, XX, 200) in the early sixties A. D. It is among the most important documents of the early Church and of the NT canon. For it insists, perhaps more strongly than any other NT letter, on the necessity of puttin…

New Testament Books - The Letters of John

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Author(s): Franz Mussner
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation While 2 Jn and 3 Jn are really “letters”, the first letter should rather be considered as a “manifesto” — “a tractate intended for all of Christendom, an encyclical directed to all fellow believers” (W. G. Kümmel, Introduction to the New Testament [1966], p. 307). But from the point of view of the subject-matter, 1 and 2 Jn go together, while 3 Jn deals …

New Testament Books - The Gospel of John

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Author(s): Franz Mussner
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation 1. The fourth gospel provides in 20:31 a statement on its purpose: “These (signs) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” The use of the title “the Christ” means that the great question which moves all men has been posed, as in t…