Did the Johannine Community Exist?

  title={Did the Johannine Community Exist?},
  author={Hugo Enrique Mendez},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the New Testament},
  pages={350 - 374}
  • H. Mendez
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
This article challenges the historical existence of the ‘Johannine community’ – a hypothesized group of ancient churches sharing a distinctive theological outlook. Scholars posit such a community to explain the similarities of John to 1, 2 and 3 John as well as the epistles’ witness to a network of churches. Against this view, this article calls attention to evidence of literary contact between the four texts and the presence of dubious authorial claims in each. Taken together, these features… Expand


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