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John and the Johannie Community

What is the christological split in the Johannine community? How are they different? Does both sides draw support from one another? Is there a theological suggestion about how we read and interpret scripture today?

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First, it seems apparent that your question's asking for you to focus on the culturally shocking high Christology in the Johannine script of his gospel, as well as an appeal to defectors in the letter of 1 John; the authorship between the gospel and the letters is debatable, and therefore I'm sure you remember this heightens the debate over who Jesus really was to those authors. I think the end-goal of the question is for you to discuss both Jesus as Theos and Jesus as Kyrios. This last term is actually downplayed quite a bit in the gospel, often meaning something like "sir." The New Living Translation (both editions) actually sought to translate it that way precisely to stir up the controversy in the readers that ...

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What is the christological split in the Johannine community? How are they different? Does both sides draw support from one another? Is there a theological suggestion about how we read and interpret scripture today?

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