The Significance of the Letter

Samaritan's Song

I’ve been reading John’s epistles lately, and was struck by a detail at the beginning of 2 John that I’ve somehow never considered worthy of note prior to now:

The elder,

To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—

I did some research, and scholars have a heyday with the identity of “the lady” in this verse.  Some identify “the lady” as a specific woman, likely the respected leader of a house church.  Guesses for her identity have been Mary, mother of Jesus (questionable, considering as far as Scripture tells us she is a member of John’s household after the death and resurrection of Jesus), Martha (my favorite hypothesis, if I have to pick one), or even Philip’s daughters.    And still other scholars are convinced that the “lady” is not an individual…

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Published by Vincent S Artale Jr

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