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  • By Dean Summers
    Feb 14, 2019
    If you’ve ever read the New Testament epistle First John, you’ll know that it’s easy to get the gist of it, but not so easy to follow the line of thought—especially for such a brief document. In English, and in print, the epistle is five pages, more or less, depending on type size and layout. The gist of it is spelled out in 1 John 3:23: “And this is [God’s] command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as [Jesus] commanded us” (NIV). But why does it take five pages to say that? What else is going on? “Where do we go from here?” offers a very literal translation of First John that allows the reader to follow closely the epistle’s line of thought. Footnotes identify phrases in the epistle that echo passages from the Gospel of John and from the Jewish Scriptures (known to Christians as the Old Testament). The vocabulary of First John is carefully scrutinized, and there is a convincing, and eye-opening, reconstruction of the urgent circumstances that... More > prompted the writing of the epistle. It is a reconstruction that emphasizes the Jewishness of the epistle—and dismisses “the Gnostic threat” as a red herring. That in itself would make “Where do we go from here?” a good read. But the author doesn’t leave us back in the first Christian century. He whisks us forward into the twenty-first Christian century to see how, as envisioned in First John, the practicalities of believing in the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and of loving one another as Jesus commanded, can be realized today—and are being realized today! You could call it a manifesto for a New Reformation, except that, in one form or another, but always below the radar, disciples of Jesus have been quietly pursuing that “New Reformation” from the beginning.< Less
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Holly House Publications
February 6, 2019
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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