Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Thomas—Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel
Sylva, Dennis

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xiii + 171. $110.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 434


Description: Thomas appears only four times in John's Gospel, yet despite this he is crucially important in understanding the function of the Johannine message. Dennis Sylva provides the first major study which examines the paradox that Thomas is both opposed to a dominant theme in the Fourth Gospel - the eternal life that is a gift to Jesus' followers - and yet is in support of Jesus himself. Thomas appears to have a foot on both sides of the Johannine dualistic divide. He seems to be existentially at home on one side and yet ideologically at home on the other. No other character in John's Gospel so tenaciously hold on to companionship with Jesus while just as resolutely distancing himself from Jesus' central teaching. Thomas breaks down the barriers between the disciples (those who walk in the light) and the world (those who walk in the darkness) that John takes pains to establish. Sylva's new work demonstrates the importance of Thomas in fully understanding the message of the Fourth Gospel.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBL’s login procedure is now synched to SBL’s. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBL’s Terms of Use.


Email Address
SBL Password
 
  
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership


Review by Douglas Estes
Published 2/15/2016
Citation: Douglas Estes, review of Dennis Sylva, Thomas—Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Review by Dominic Zappia
Published 2/15/2016
Citation: Dominic Zappia, review of Dennis Sylva, Thomas—Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us