The New Testament as political documents

Punt, Jeremy (2017)

CITATION: Punt, J. 2016. The New Testament as political documents. Scriptura, 116(1):1-15, doi:10.7833/116-1-1280.

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The political nature of the NT documents is carefully hidden away in the folds of a centuries-long tradition of Christianising and spiritualising the NT (and the Bible overall). The depoliticisation and demilitarisation of the NT works hand in glove with a long history of its dejudaising and equally long ghettoising of the Bible through narrow spiritual interpretation, obscuring or blurring its socio-political nature.

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