• Friendship Traditions in the New Testament: An Overview

    Author(s):
    Sean Winter (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, New Testament
    Subject(s):
    Apostle Paul, Classical studies, New Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    friendship
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62T35
    Abstract:
    This article describes the main contours of Greco-Roman and Jewish friendship trad- itions, and considers some of the ways that these traditions were adopted and adapted in New Testament texts. The survey suggests that early Christian writers drew on friendship traditions as a way of articulating certain important values relating to the need to establish a distinctive social identity and forms of ethical practice. In emphasiz- ing the relationship between identity, practice and relationship with God, some New Testament authors locate friendship in a broader covenantal framework in which God is the ultimate benefactor, often acting through mediatory figures to whom the commu- nities can relate as ‘friends’.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
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