1 and 2 John warn of multiple antichrists (1 John 4:3, 2 John 7).2 John 9, Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son, is similar to multiple passages in 1 John.
Christ is described by the Greek word "logos", meaning "word", in John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1, and Rev , but nowhere else in the Bible.There is little dispute as to a common author for the short letters of 2 John and 3 John.Both are written by a man calling himself The Elder.Ignatius (35-107), Papius, Iraneus and Origin (185-254) assigned John the son of Zebedee as the author of the Gospel of John.However, Papius identifies a separate John as the writer of the letters of John and Revelation, so there is some variance in early tradition as to authorship of the Johannine letters.Home Introduction Gallery Motives Overview and Timeline Destruction of Jerusalem Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1 and 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Phillippians Colossians 1 and 2 Thessalonians 1 and 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews The Epistle of James 1 and 2Peter 1, 2 and 3 John 1 and 2Peter Revelation Manuscripts Church Fathers Links Dating the Old Testament The writings of John are often assigned the latest dates of all New Testament literature, with some secular scholars placing them well into the second century A.
D., and even most conservative scholars dating at least Revelation around 95 A. Of course John the son of Zebedee, the disciple of Jesus, could not have lived long enough to write anything much into the second century, so in this case establishing a date of writing should first involve establishing that John was in fact the author.
2 John says Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, while 3 John 13-14 has the remarkably similar I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.
In both books the author rejoices over children walking in truth.
The subject of truth and the idea of a commandment of love is prominent in both books, along with the idea that God is light.
"Eternal life" is a phrase that occurs with disproportionate freqency in John and 1 John.
It would perhaps be best to first establish the case that the same author is responsible for all the books associated with John.