Echoes of Friendship in the Gospel of John
Culy, Martin M.
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010 pp. xii + 226. $95.00
New Testament Monographs, 30
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Description: Taking up the friendship motif as a tool of characterization, the Gospel of John points to a striking implication of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus: that followers of Jesus are invited to enjoy a level of intimacy with him that can actually, and perhaps only, be compared to the level of intimacy that he enjoys with the Father. The Johannine Jesus, then, came not just to save the world but also to offer those who would follow him a relationship that Graeco-Roman philosophers only dreamed of, a relationship where all the ingredients of ideal friendship were present.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature
Review by Anne M. O''Leary
Citation: Anne M. O'Leary, review of Martin M. Culy, Echoes of Friendship in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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