Re: The Epistolary Plural in 1 John 1:4?

Date: Tue Jan 04 2000 - 20:10:01 EST

In a message dated 00-01-04 17:56:43 EST, writes:

<< Wherefore, I still must say
 that the use of the plural in this situation is not at all uncommon (even
 in alternation with a first-person singular), enough so that one needs to
 show some convincing evidence that there's a different reason for use of
 the first-plural here in 1 John than customary usage >>

Dear Carl,

Thanks for your input. I am inclined to think that we have a literary
(epistolary) plural in 1 John 1:4. You have answered my question about the
prevalence of this usage and this provides me with a nice starting point for
research. Other candidates for this convention seem to be 1 Thess. 2:18; 3:1,
2 (cf. 3:5).

Edgar Foster

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