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Wisdom's Friends: Community and Christology in the Fourth Gospel [Paperback]

By Sharon H. Ringe (Author)
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Sharon Ringe sheds new light on a heretofore neglected aspect of the Fourth Gospel-friendship-and through it links the concepts of community and Wisdom Christology. According to Ringe, this connection between Johannine ecclesiology and Christology is critical for understanding the Fourth Gospel.

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Sharon Ringe sheds new light on a heretofore neglected aspect of the Fourth Gospel--friendship--and through it links the concepts of community and Wisdom Christology. This connection between Johannine ecclesiology and Christology, she writes, is critical to an in depth understanding the Fourth Gospel.

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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1999
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664257143  
ISBN13  9780664257149  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sharon Ringe is Professor New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary. H.C.P Kim is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

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Wisdom's Friends  Nov 5, 2007
Sharon Ringe's "Wisdom's Friends" is an insightful commentary on the Fourth Gospel. The author asserts traces the influence of the Wisdom Literature (found in the Hebrew Bible and deuterocanonical texts) in the way in which the writer of the Fourth Gospel portrays Jesus. Ultimately, Ringe asserts that the Fourth Gospel intentionally uses Wisdom motifs, which were popular at the time, as a way to affirm the identity of Jesus as the embodiment of the Wisdom of God. She further develops the book by asserting that one prevalent aspect of the way in which Jesus "personifies" Wisdom is the element of friendship. This is not the superficial kind of friendship that to which we often refer, rather it is the way in which Jesus lived in solidarity with his community of followers, and thereby demonstrated that solidarity as a way in which we all should live with one another.

The book is quite sound in its scholarship, pulling from many primary sources (both Biblical and Hellenistic) and from the work of many other scholars in the field. She uses both a literary and a social-historical approach to her reading of the Gospel. She also is well within a well-balanced feminist hermeneutic, even though it is not explicitly stated, and she deals with several gender issues in the Gospel. The author does a great job in tracing the Wisdom found in the older biblical texts, such as Proverbs 1-9, and demonstrating the ways in which these motifs appear in the Gospel. Her book is divided into five main components, plus an introduction and wonderful conclusion. These sections work well, but I kept wishing she would go into more detail. The main content of the book is just shy of 100 pages, so many aspects get a rather brief treatment, however it all works and just encourages the reader to think (and research?) further!

One note of warning, the author does use Greek for certain terms (like logos), so it can be a little confusing at times if you don't speak or read Greek. However, I do not read Greek at all and still managed to understand most of what the author was trying to convey.

All in all, this is a great book on the subject and I would definitely recommend it to the lay-person, student, pastor and scholar alike.

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