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Title: Does περὶ ὅλου τοῦ κόσμου imply 'the sins of the whole world' in 1 John 2,2?
Author(s): DO, Toan
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 94    Issue: 3   Date: 2013   
Pages: 415-435
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.94.3.3186158

Abstract :
In 1 John 2,2 the phrases (2b) περὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, (2c) οὐ περὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων δὲ μόνον, (2d) ἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ ὅλου τοῦ κόσμου, demand careful interpretation. The construction οὐ μόνον ἀλλὰ καί explains the sequence of 2b and 2c, following the peri-clause in 2a. However, this does not explain theologically to what περὶ ὅλου τοῦ κόσμου in 2d refers. This essay seeks, in some measure, to remedy this syntactical conundrum by proposing a contextual reading of 2a as parallel with 2d.

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