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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

Dennis Sylva

| Bloomsbury | 2013

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Thomas appears only four times in John’s Gospel, yet 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 in his disbelief of the resurrection 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. Sylva’s new work demonstrates the importance of Thomas in fully understanding the message of the Fourth Gospel.

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This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. T&T Clark Johannine Studies (10 vols.)