Us and Them: Lessons from 1 John's Antichrist Polemic

Alicia D. Myers

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 2/8/2021

Issue: Johannine Epistles (Vol. 41, No 1, Winter, 2021)

First John can be read in a very dualistic form, the "us" of the Johannine community versus the "them" who have denied Christ and gone out from the community. But a closer reading of 1 John, in tandem with the Gospel of John, suggests that the situation is not so clear-cut; "antichrists" can remain in the community, and deniers can be brought back in.

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