ROMANS 13:1-7: A REVIEW OF POST-1989 READINGS

Bernard Lategan

Abstract


Romans 13:1-7 has remained a challenge for interpreters throughout the history of
the New Testament. A previous study investigated the actual readings of the passage
during the political transition in South Africa. The present article is a follow-up
study and examines readings in the post-1989 period. Political events and the rise of
empire studies deeply influenced the reading of the passage. Certain types of
reading continue, but there is also a marked increase of ‘realistic’ or ‘pragmatic’
readings. The article concludes with some future perspectives.

Keywords


Romans 13; Church and State; Authority; Empire Studies; Civil Disobedience; War on Terrorism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/110-0-115

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