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Thpein TaΣ EntoΛaΣ

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This chapter examines the possible origin of the Johannine Τηρϵȋν τὰς ἐντολάς and asks whether it cannot be considered an obvious allusion to "keeping the commandments, the Law". It further enquires into the meaning the expression assumes in John. The chapter draws some conclusions concerning the purpose John might have been pursuing in his use of Τηρϵȋν τὰς ἐντολάς. When Jesus asks his disciples to keep his word, he is asking them not to abandon the "truth" they have accepted, but to cling to it and allow it to permeate and transform their lives. Needless to say: faith and love cannot be separated. Love for the brethren is inconceivable without faith; love for Jesus, which results in the keeping of his ἐντολαί, is impossible without faith. Faith itself, on the other hand, is not simply a matter of intellectual assent, but involves the whole person.

Keywords: ἐντολαί; Τηρϵȋν τὰς ἐντολάς; commandments; disciples; faith; Jesus; love



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