Religion and power. Theoretical perspectives in connection with the new testament [Religie en macht: Theoretische invalshoeken in verband met het nieuwe testament]
This contribution is the slightly adapted introductory lecture given at the conference on Power and the New Testament held in Stellenbosch from 16-18 January 2011. It offers (1) a survey of some of the relevant scholarly contributions on the concept of power and the nexus of power and religion, and (2) a brief discussion of possible avenues for analyzing the theme of power in New Testament passages. © 2012. The Authors.