oa Neotestamentica - What is truth? Semantic density and the language of the Johannine Epistles (with special reference to 2 John )

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0254-8356
  • E-ISSN: 2518-4628



In this essay the infrequently discussed phenomenon of deliberate ambiguity is explored in relation to the Johannine Epistles 2 John in particular. It is retermed 'semantic density' (SD) to more adequately reflect its nature and function, namely, a progressive coalescence of complementary concepts, effected by the intentional reiteration of a cluster of key terms, which are thereby merged into a more comprehensive thematic notion. SD is thus distinguished from 'ambiguity', on the one hand, and 'obscurity' on the other.

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