The Biblical understanding of divine-human friendship is developed by the Fourth Evangelist as a master-disciple relationship by employing the term philos. This term emphasizes both divine initiative and human response as the constitutive elements of such a relationship. This book is an exegetico-theological study of philos, which analyzes the implications of the term for the Johannine theology of friendship between Jesus and the believers.
The Author: Eldho Puthenkandathil was born in 1957 in Kerala (India). After his philosophical and theological formation in Paurastya Vidyapitham (St. Thomas Ap. Seminary), Kottayam, India, he was ordained a priest in 1982. After two years of pastoral ministry in his diocese, Bathery, he obtained the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) in 1988. The present work is his doctoral dissertation defended at Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) in 1992.