Friendship is a broad sphere which unites heaven and earth Less beholden to traditional models of family and to classical male ideals, a new generation is re evaluating and transforming friendship, says Elizabeth Moltmann Wendel Observing this phenomenon, particularly among women, she elaborates its biblical affinities and its potential for enriching an often friendless culture In an honest and meditative style, Moltmann Wendel finds in friendship new dimensions of adventure, consolation, self knowledge, love, and political relevance, as well as profound resonances with Jesus friendships with women, especially Mary Magdalene, and with his friends at the Last Supper


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