Historical Context Of John And The Epistle Essay
The First Epistle of John, similar to the Epistle to the Hebrews, mentions neither its author nor its specific recipients. Both of these epistles also do not employ formal greetings and blessings that are commonly found in other epistles. Another uncommon structure is also shown by the absence of a formal closing section such as found in the epistle of James. However these do not of course render the epistle to be considered as merely an open writing addressed to anyone who reads it. The manner in which the author addressed his readers as “beloved”, “children” or “little children” indicates that both the writer and the readers were considerably knowledgeable of each other and had an intimate relationship.
Although there is an ongoing scholarly disagreement on its authorship, this paper chooses to follow traditional agreement and scholars in believing that it was written by John, the son of Zebedee, the Apostle; the same person who wrote the Gospel of John. This view is based on:
1. Eyewitness point of view implied in 1 John 1: 1-5 as one who has experienced lively physical interaction with Jesus, indicating that the author was one of the disciples of Jesus, specifically an apostle.
2. The way he introduced Jesus as the manifested Word of life and as the Light in 1 John 1: 1-5 is similar with the way of the Gospel of John introduced Jesus in John 1: 1-5.
3. The similarity of teaching between those two writings, for example: the contrast of light and…