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Practices of confession, intercession, and forgiveness in 1 John 1.9; 5.16
Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology. University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
2012 (English)In: New Testament Studies, ISSN 0028-6885, E-ISSN 1469-8145, Vol. 58, no 2, p. 235-253Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

1 John 1.9 and 5.16 reflect practices of public confession of sins, intercession, and mediation of God's forgiveness. Divine forgiveness and belonging to the community were integrated in the Johannine community to the extent that one equalled the other. Therefore, these practices had important group-dynamic functions for the Johannine community. First, public confession functioned as a costly signal that deterred less committed group members but was meaningful to committed group members. Second, the practice of intercession induced role taking, allowing the offended party both to empathize with the offender and to restore his or her dignity and honour.

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2012. Vol. 58, no 2, p. 235-253
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forgiveness, intercession, confession, 1 John, costly signalling, role taking
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-418DOI: 10.1017/S0028688511000385OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-418DiVA, id: diva2:1357776
Available from: 2019-10-04 Created: 2019-10-04 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved

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