Monday, July 14, 2008

Is 2008 the year of 1 John?

The following are my favourite parts of 1 John, if not the whole NT. These lines play in my mind, sink into my daily thoughts and actions, generally wander into my day.
God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5 RV

We know that,
if he shall be manifested,
we shall be like him;
for we shall see him even as he is.
1 John 3:2 RV

He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love.
1 John 4:8 RV

God is love;
and he that
remains in love
remains in God,
and God remains in him.
1 John 4:16 RV

And we know that the Son of God is come,
and hath given us an understanding,
that we know him that is true,
and we are in him that is true,
even in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God,
and eternal life.
1 John 5:20 RV

The following is a pile of books that I have by my bed, then take back to my library, only to bring them back to my bedside. This has happened many times this year.

Westcott, Brooke Foss. The Epistles of St. John: The Greek Text, with Notes and Essays. London: Macmillan, 1883.
Law, Robert. The Test of Life: A Study of the First Epistle of John. Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 1909.
Findlay, George Gillanders. Fellowship in the Life Eternal: An Exposition of the Epistles of St. John. London & New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
Brooke, Alan England. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Johannine Epistles. International Critical Commentary. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1912.
Gore, Charles. The Epistles of St. John. London: J. Murray, 1920.
Howard, Wilbert Francis. Christianity according to St. John. London: Duckworth, 1943.
Dodd, C. H. The Johannine Epistles. Moffat NT Commentary, 19. London, Hodder & Stoughton; New York:1946.
Lee, Edwin Kenneth. The Religious Thought of St. John. London: SPCK, 1962.
Brown, Raymond E. The Epistles of John. Anchor Bible, 30. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982.

If last year was the year I (think) I really got the Christian idea, and further, the Gospel of John; this year is 1 John in waves and shimmers.

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