The "elect lady" who is making a rare appearance, if not a debut, in the Bible lesson this week seems to be bringing more confusion than clarity to the matter. Dummelow has a fairly lengthly discussion on who or what the lady is and comes to no conclusion, only deepest uncertainty. The Oxford Companion to the Bible appears confident in its assertion that 2 John is addressed "to a community".
It is true Mrs. Eddy refers to the elect lady in Retrospection and Introspection (90: 10), but this is only in passing. Why include in the Bible lesson a citation this puzzling, especially since there is no peg in Science and Health on which to hang it? What possible lesson lies in its inclusion? What is really going on here? It would be interesting to know who is on the lesson committee and their qualifications, if any, for the job.
An insidious possibility has been suggested in an earlier entry, i.e., that the AMDG boys have long had more than their camels' noses in the tent and wish to subtly adumbrate and promote their own elect lady.