Original Research - Special Collection: Cosmological Perspectives

Cosmos, reality and God in the letters of John

Jan van der Watt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 47, No 2 | a688 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v47i2.688 | © 2013 Jan van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 2013 | Published: 02 October 2013

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Jan van der Watt, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa


The major question addressed in this article is how reality, especially cosmic reality, is perceived in 1 John; in other words: What are the elements of John’s cosmological vision as it becomes apparent in his letters? Firstly, the semantics of the word κόσμος itself is investigated. Then concepts related to the cosmological vision of John receive attention, followed by an analysis of the presence of apocalyptic elements that form part of the Johannine view of reality.

’n Sentrale vraag wat in die artikel hanteer word, is hoe die realiteit, veral die kosmiese realiteit, in 1 Johannes gesien word; met ander woorde: Wat is die elemente van die Johannese kosmologiese visie wat uit die Johannese briewe na vore tree? Die semantiek van die woord κόσμος word eerstens ondersoek, waarna konsepte wat aan die kosmiese visie van Johannes verwant is, aandag kry. Dit word gevolg deur ’n analise van die teenwoordigheid van apokaliptiese elemente wat deel uitmaak van die Johannese siening van realiteit.


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