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Given that R. Alan Culpepper has fittingly summarized the essays in the introduction to the present collection, such an overview will not be necessary in this concluding essay. Rather, my charge is to comment on how the above essays move critical conversations forward as well as noting new directions and open questions regarding state-of-the-art understandings of the Johannine Epistles. As such, this essay will progress through the developments achieved in the three parts of this collection, but then return in reverse order, from the third part to the first, considering the open questions and new directions that emerge.


Originally published in Communities in Dispute : Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles by Paul N. Anderson, R. Alan Culpepper in 2014, SBL Press

ISBN 978-1-62837-015-7

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