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Rediscovering Friendship: Awakening to the Power and Promise of Women's Friendships

Rediscovering Friendship

Awakening to the Power and Promise of Women's Friendships

Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel (Author)


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"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.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800634452
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 136
  • Publication Date June 20, 2001

Table of Contents

  1. Traditions of Friendship with God
    The biblical basis
    Later traces

  2. From Friendship with God to Friendship between Women
    Jürgen Moltmann
    Sallie McFague
    Carter Heyward
    Mary Hunt
    Hildegund Keul
    Earthing friendship

  3. Jesus, the Friend
    Dying for friends
    Wisdom's friendly meal
    The friend in everyday life

  4. The Last Supper as a Meal of Friendship
    Self-surrender instead of sacrifice
    The life-giving body of Jesus
    Theogusty—tasting God

  5. The Separation of God and Goodness
    Women's experiences
    Forgiveness and healing

  6. Jesus' Friend—Mary Magdalene
    Motherhood versus friendship
    The counter-story
    The church in the spirit of Mary Magdalene
    Mary Magdalene as a social symbol

  7. Friendly Contacts: Tenderness and Eros
    What is tenderness?
    Political tenderness
    Men discover tenderness
    Eroticism as women's power
    Eros in Christianity
    From Eros to housework

  8. My Body—My Friend
    New knowledge of the body
    Freeing oneself from false attributes
    Healing self-insight
    Natality and curiosity

  9. Friendship with the Earth
    The creative earth
    The earth interceding for justice
    The helping earth
    The transforming power of the earth

  10. Closing Thoughts