By Werner G. Jeanrond
This publication explores different dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and accordingly with the event of transcendence. the improvement of Christian thoughts of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the various horizons and the diversity of techniques to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic ways to wish, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes frustrating historical past of expressions of private, communal and spiritual love allows this learn to boost a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This ebook demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and therefore deals a serious point of view on past and current impositions of homogenous thoughts of affection. The e-book invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the opportunity of Christian love and its specific associations for the advance of private and communal kinds of Christian discipleship. the normal separation among agape love and eroticism is conquer in favour of an built-in version of affection that recognizes either God's present of affection and the possibility of each lady, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.
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Wright, eds, The Glory of Christ in the New Testament: Studies in Christology in Memory of George Bradford Caird, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987, pp. 3–18. Moreover, the Swedish exegete Birger Olsson also points to the considerable overlap between the different Greek words for love. Cf. Birger Olsson, Johannesbreven. Kommentar till Nya Testamentet (KNT) 19, Stockholm: ESF-förlaget, 2008, p. 232. 9 Engberg-Pedersen, pp. 15–17. The use of both terms as synonyms can also be documented in Philo’s writings.
Rather than looking for symmetry in love, it might be more appropriate to reflect on the conditions of maturity in love. However, this reflection depends on the prior discussion of whether we understand love first and foremost in terms of an attitude, an emotion or a relation. See Irving Singer, The Pursuit of Love, Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995, pp. 6–8. 67 I shall discuss friendship in more detail below in chapter 8. 66 Horizons of Love 21 Love as Attitude, Emotion and Relation Nobody will seriously question the presence of emotions in human experiences of love.
Jesus never abandoned the covenantal order. Rather he re-emphasized the love commandment from Deuteronomy when provoked to identify the greatest commandment within the Torah. ’ Matt. 37–40 and par. in Mark and Luke) is based on citations both from Deut. 5 (see above) and from Lev. 25 Love is the central focus of the 23 Cf. Klassen, ‘Love (NT and Early Jewish)’, p. 385. Birger Gerhardsson does ‘not think that Jesus was the first in Israel to make this combination’: Gerhardsson, The Schema in the New Testament, Lund: Novapress, 1996, p.