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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The history of scholarship that addresses the theological viewpoint of 1Jn has
largely focused on the Christological, ethical, and soteriological aspects of the letter.
While specific attention has been paid to the polemical nature of the text, commentators
have commonly overlooked the importance of the pneumatology espoused by the author
as it contributes to that polemic. Upon exploration of the passages relating the conception
of the Spirit in 1Jn, it becomes evident that the understanding of the eschatological
bestowal of God’s Spirit in 1Jn is unique when compared to other New Testament
conceptions of Spirit bestowal. In an effort to better understand this distinction and
explain why the author of 1Jn accepts such a break from typical understandings of Spirit
bestowal, this dissertation explores possible backgrounds for the partial bestowal of the
eschatological Spirit found in 1Jn. After a review of the current state of scholarship on
1Jn, the preliminary chapters explore the bestowal of the eschatological Spirit to God's
chosen people in Jewish Prophetic, Apocalyptic, and New Testament Literature. The
latter chapters then compare the findings concerning the reception of God's in those texts
to the conception of Spirit bestowal in 1Jn for which I argue, in order to determine the
uniqueness of that depiction across literature contemporary to 1Jn.
O'connell, Lauren, "“He Has Given Us of His Spirit”: A Search for Pneumatological Precedents to 1 John" (2015). Dissertations. 1960.
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