Thomas - Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel
Thomas - Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel

Thomas - Love as Strong as Death: Faith and Commitment in the Fourth Gospel

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Dennis D. Sylva

Pages 192
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2014
ISBN-13 9780567657091
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.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction: The Twinning of Thomas
  • 1. Going to Death With Him (Jn 11:16)
  • 2. Where Else Can We Go With Him? (Jn 14:5)
  • 3. There is (no) more: God From Beyond The Limits of Belief (Jn 20:24-29)
  • 4. The Johannine Thomas in the Contexts of the Cultural Topoi of Parrhesia and Friendship
  • Conclusion: The Twinning of the Johannine Community
  • Appendix: Brief Comments on the Basis of this Study Concerning the Question of the Relation of the Gospel of John to the Gospel of Thomas
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Protocanonical, Deuterocanonical, Pseudepigraphical, and New Testament References
  • Index of Modern Authors

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