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«Philos»: A Designation for the Jesus-Disciple Relationship

An Exegetico-Theological Investigation of the Term in the Fourth Gospel


Eldho Puthenkandathil

The Biblical understanding of «divine-human friendship» is developed by the Fourth Evangelist as a «master-disciple relationship» by employing the term «philos». This term emphasizes both divine initiative and human response as the constitutive elements of such a relationship. This book is an exegetico-theological study of «philos», which analyzes the implications of the term for the Johannine theology of friendship between Jesus and the believers.
Contents: The term «philos» in antiquity - The OT concept of «friend of God» - The NT understanding of «philos» outside John - The friend of the bridegroom - Jesus' friendship with the Bethany family - Jesus' addressing His disciples «friends» - Beloved Disciple and Peter as two models of true friendship with Jesus.