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An enduring quality,
This review is from: Community of the Beloved Disciple, The (Paperback)
I read this book about a year ago and its themes hauntingly remain with me. Why did to the Johannine community become schismatic? Who were the secessionists? What is it about John's gospel which, if not read in a canonical context can lead to distortions. Fr Brown answer these questions and paints a mesmerising picture of the Johannine communities and the tensions which caused the split in the community. And, we can learn so much from the past - why is that fundamentalist and bible christians often quote the Johannine literature rather than the synoptics - is it not because such groups are exclusionary by nature and they find the Johannine texts (if misread) particularly apt for sectarian interpretation?