Friendship in the Bible
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

The concept and vocabulary of "friendship" in ancient times (both biblical Hebrew and biblical Greek) are related to those of "love." Ancient Greek distinguishes between four different things, all of which are aspects of what is more broadly called "love" today:

Four Ancient Greek words for “Love”:

Friendship with God in the Bible:

Other Biblical Texts on Friends and Friendship:


Electronic New Testament Educational Resources

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