Showing mercy to the ungodly and the inversion of invective in Jude

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Robinson, Alexandra, Llewelyn, Stephen and Wassell, Blake. (2018). Showing mercy to the ungodly and the inversion of invective in Jude. New Testament Studies. 64(2), pp. 194-212. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688517000340
AuthorsRobinson, Alexandra, Llewelyn, Stephen and Wassell, Blake
Abstract

The present paper offers a new interpretation of the three-clause reading of Jude 22–23 and demonstrates how Jude carries on the Jesus tradition by inverting the norms of invective. It is demonstrated that this interpretation is especially surprising given that the epistle follows many conventions of Greco-Roman invective. Given the character of invective, one would expect the writer to instruct the beloved to expel the ungodly from the community. Instead, Jude commands the beloved to ‘show mercy’ to the very ones with whom they contend (Jude 22), a profound reflection of Jude's understanding of mercy and faith.

KeywordsJude; οὕς plus μέν and δέ; διακρινομένους; invective; oral tradition
Year2018
JournalNew Testament Studies
Journal citation64 (2), pp. 194-212
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0028-6885
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688517000340
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85043486869
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Page range194-212
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Online08 Mar 2018
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