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The Epistles of St. John

The Epistles of St. John

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY CHARLES GORE, D.D.

HON. D.D. EDIN. AND DURHAM, HON. D.C.L. OXFORD, HON. LL.D. CAMBRIDGE

AND BIRMINQHAM, HON. FELLOW OF TRINITY OOLLESE, OXFORD,

LATE BISHOP OF OXFORD
BY CHARLES GORE, D.D.

HON. D.D. EDIN. AND DURHAM, HON. D.C.L. OXFORD, HON. LL.D. CAMBRIDGE

AND BIRMINQHAM, HON. FELLOW OF TRINITY OOLLESE, OXFORD,

LATE BISHOP OF OXFORD

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THE EPISTLES OF ST. JOHBY CHARLES GORE, D.D.HO. D.D. EDI. AD DURHAM, HO. D.C.L. OXFORD, HO.LL.D. CAMBRIDGEAD BIRMIQHAM, HO. FELLOW OF TRIITY OOLLESE,OXFORD,LATE BISHOP OF OXFORDLODOJOH MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W,1920PREFACEAn exposition of St. John's Epistles by thepresent writer was announced, as one of a seriesof such expositions, in 1900. This was to havebeen a revision of lectures actually delivered inWestminster Abbey, but it was never accom-plished. And now that I am taking advantageof some recovered leisure to publish the intendedexposition, I have not gone back upon thereports of former lectures. The present exposi-tion is entirely new.Both in the introduction and in the expositionitself I have had in view especially the ordinaryman and woman who lack the equipment and
 
knowledge of a scholar, and I have tried totake no knowledge for granted that an ordinaryeducation does not supply.Believing, as I do, that nothing is more im-portant than to get people in ovir day, whatevertheir state of belief, to study the ew Testamentbooks for themselves, I have had it for my ownX Prefaceobject to make these epistles intelligible andinteresting to'them. After tbe necessary intro-duction on tlie autborsliip and character of thedocuments, I have used the following method.Each section of the Epistle is preceded by an*' explanatory analysis." This is intended toinclude all the explanatory matter necessaryfor the general understanding of the passage,though that may have to be foimd in the OldTestament or in the Fourth Gospel or elsewhere.But it concludes in each case with what canproperly be called an analysis of the particularpassage immediately to b^ studied. It is fol-lowed by the text of the passage from theRevised Version ; and this again by notes onparticular points in the passage.It is obvious that the Epistle has a verydirect bearing on present-day controversies — especially on the tendencies commonly called" Modernist " and on the social application of Christianity and the function of the Church insociety. I have from time to time indicatedsuch applications, but I have resisted the temp-tation to write at any length upon them, becauseI came to the conclusion that I had betterconfine myself pretty strictly to the function of 
 
Preface xiexposition properly so-called. But I may saythat I believe notliing can be more importantfor our modern world than that we shouldbelieve St. John's principles, theological andethical, with all our hearts, and set ourselvesto apply them with all our will.Chables Goee.Ash Wednesday, 1920.P.S.— Since Dr. Sanday's declaration inDivine Overruling (Clarke, 1920), his nameshould no longer be included in the list givenbelow, p. 17.COTETS[ntkodtjctionPAGE1rHE First Epistle

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