The Structure of the First Epistle of Saint John

  title={The Structure of the First Epistle of Saint John},
  author={John Humphrey Barbour},
  journal={The Biblical World},
  pages={341 - 348}
  • J. H. Barbour
  • Published 1 May 1897
  • Philosophy, History
  • The Biblical World
IN most of the New Testament epistles the general structure and main line of thought are clearly evident. But the first epistle of St. John seems like a disjointed series of meditations rather than like a letter with a definite purpose and plan. And yet the writer tells us that he had a clear purpose in view; and that not merely a general one, the increase of mutual joy (I :4), but a specific one, to furnish a test whereby the presence of the divine life in the soul might be recognized (5: I3…