By Jason L. Merritt

Devils and Deviants takes up the query of the impression of non secular schism at the composition of one and a couple of John. After a long time trying to reconstruct the ideals of the schismatics referenced in short in 1 John, Johannine students have principally rejected the thought that one of these reconstruction can in reality be complete. moreover, there was a extraordinary flow via a few to interpret 1 and a couple of John non-polemically, arguing that the schism has very little concerning the composition of those epistles and our skill to interpret them. during this quantity, Merritt turns to the anthropology and sociology of spiritual schism to reconstruct the techniques through which teams separate themselves from each other. He then applies that version as a heuristic gadget in examining 1 and a couple of John, arguing within the method that, whereas the ideals of the schismatics can't be reconstructed with any accuracy, the schism has certainly had a profound impression at the Johannine neighborhood and 1 and a pair of John.

"Devils and Deviants represents an important leap forward within the interpretation of the Johannine Letters. it's a needs to and precise learn in knowing the identification of the Johannine group during the lens of unpolluted questions and numerous methodological methods, together with drawing on group stories. i'd hugely suggest this quantity to any reader who's drawn to figuring out old groups and teams, but in addition groups and teams dealing with clash and department today."  
--Francisco Lozada, Jr., Charles Fischer Catholic affiliate Professor of New testomony and Latina/o Church reviews, Brite Divinity School

"Merritt makes clever severe use of social technology examine and types in addition to rhetorical research to re-evaluate the a number of layers of separation language within the Johannine literature. He increases the perfect questions to elicit new and assorted views from the conventional ones."
--Carolyn Osiek, Archivist, Society of the Sacred center, United States-Canada Province; Charles Fischer Professor of recent testomony Emerita, Brite Divinity School

Jason L. Merritt is teacher of classical Greek and rhetoric at Covenant Classical college and a translation advisor for Bible League foreign. He holds a PhD from Brite Divinity university (Texas Christian University).

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