The “We” in 1 John 1:1-4

The Jesus Memoirs

It seems to be a misnomer to describe 1 John as an epistle since it does not start with a sender, addresses, greetings, or thanksgiving. Instead it begins with a prologue that is reminiscent of the magisterial prologue in the Gospel of John, though scholars continue to debate whether there was literary contact (and what was the direction of influence) or whether the Gospel and Epistle shared common traditions. For instance, is the “word of life” a reference to the pre-existent Logos that became incarnate in the person of Jesus or to the message or proclamation of salvation? In this post, I want to focus on the “we” that appears in this passage and throughout Johannine literature (1:1-4, 5-10; 2:1-3, 5, 18-19, 25, 28; 3:1-3, 11, 14, 16, 18-24; 4:6, 7, 9-14, 16-17, 19, 21; 5:2-4, 9, 11, 14-15, 18-20; cf. 3 John 1:12; John 1:14; 3:2, 11; 20:2; 21:24)…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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