n Acta Patristica et Byzantina - Domestic architecture : culture, fictive kinship and identity in the First Epistle of John

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-6486


The aim of this research is to investigate the domestic architecture of the First Epistle of John. It seems that the author has used family metaphorics to make the invisible (Father) visible in the community and also to characterise this early Christian community. Group orientation, also spelled out in terms of kinship, which appears to be the , was the driving force behind this research. This orientation together with the social identity theory, pioneered by Henri Tajfel, has been applied to the situation depicted in this epistle to characterise the identity of this Johannine group.

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