"Friendship is a broad sphere which unites heaven and
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.
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.