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Clement's knowledge of other new testament writings

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Although for the most part there is not much evidence which indicates Clement's knowledge of the Catholic Epistles, the Johannine writings, and the Acts of the Apostles, such evidence as does exist is worth serious consideration. Since Catholic Epistles are short epistles the probability of extensive allusion diminishes. For this reason the evidence for Clement's knowledge of 1 Peter is the more conspicuous. Perhaps the most significant of the parallels between Clement and James is found in their common insistence on the place of good works in the Christian life. For the Johannine literature, including Revelation, although much material common to Clement's epistle was found, the lack of verbal agreement precluded the probability of literary dependence. The parallels reviewed have called attention to the similarities both in thought and language between Clement's epistle and 1 Peter and James, perhaps reflecting a common religious milieu for the three epistles.

Keywords: 1 Peter; Catholic epistles; Clement's knowledge; Johannine writings

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