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Thomas - Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel - The Library of New Testament Studies (Paperback)
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Thomas - Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel - The Library of New Testament Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 31/07/2014
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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 holds 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567657091
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 10 mm


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Dennis Sylva presents a well-researched, courageous study of the picture of Thomas in the Fourth Gospel. * Journal for the Study of the New Testament *
[This] book is an in-depth treatment of Thomas as a literary character in the Fourth Gospel ... Sylva's work has many virtues. He is an attentive reader and consistently provides a rationale for his interpretive decisions. * Biblical Interpretation *
Summarized. * New Testament Abstracts *

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