The article examines the terminology used for the sender and the addressees in the Johannine letters. It turns out that either the author of the letters is not the same or his attitude to the addressees changes. Most likely the second and third letter are written by authors who assume the authority of the "presbyter", while the first is written by someone who quite naturally had the authority of a wisdom teacher, quite possibly the original "elder" of the community.
|Translated title of the contribution||Pseudepigraphy and municipality in the Letters of John|
|Title of host publication||Pseudepigraphie und Verfasserfiktion in frühchristlichen Briefen|
|Editors||J. Frey, J. Herzer, M. Janßen, C. Rothschild|
|Place of Publication||Mohr Siebeck / Tübingen|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Dec 2009|