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While τεκνία has the sense of "kids"...: τεκνίον, ου, τό (Epict. 3, 22, 78; Anth. Pal.; PFlor 365, 15 [III A.D.]; POxy 1766, 14; TestJob, ApcMos) dim. of τέκνον; (little) child voc. pl. τεκνία; in our lit. only in the voc. pl., used by Jesus in familiar, loving address to his disciples, or by a Christian apostle or teacher to his spiritual ...


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I agree with The NonTheologian it may be reading too much into the text to infer that the author is writing to two distinct groups (τεκνία and παιδία) because Greek, like English, has synonyms. It would be strange if, in 2:12 he is addressing one group of "little children" and then addressing an entirely different group in the very next verse. The 'elder', ...


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The question asks about idols in the context of 1 John, rather than for a broader opinion about idolatry. And we will find that the author of 1 John has a very specific purpose of mentioning idols at the end of a long epistle that does not otherwise mention idols or pagan ideas. W. Hall Harris III ('3. The Author’s Opponents and Their Teaching in 1 John') ...


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I think it may be reading too much into the text, perhaps, to infer that John is writing to two distinct groups - τεκνία and παιδία. Greek, like English, has synonyms. It would be strange, for example, that in 2:12 he is addressing one group of "little children" and then addressing an entirely different group in the very next verse. I can't find any ...


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The idols are any thing which is worshiped instead of God. It can even be something which isn't worshiped but takes over your life and you are obsessed with. Little children are God's children (followers) because if God is the father then we are the children of him.



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