MAPPING HUMAN DIGNITY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: CONCERNS, CONSIDERATIONS AND CONCEPTS

Jeremy Punt

Abstract



Enquiring about hermeneutical and methodological considerations appropriate to studies
on the modern concept of �human dignity� in the New Testament, some initial concerns are
raised about the potential benefit of such work. Investigations of human dignity in the New
Testament secondly requires appreciation for the complex and multi-facetted way in which
first-century people and their value or worth or dignity were in play; for accounting for
first-century CE considerations or contexts, where honour and shame were pivotal values
within a hierarchical and patriarchal society of limited good; and, for an environment that
was thoroughly saturated with the omnipresent and hugely influential Roman Empire on
socio-political, as well as economical and religious levels. Thirdly, a range of concepts,
themes and topics found in the New Testament � some of which are invoked in theological
discussions on human dignity, but others whose potential in this regard has perhaps not
been adequately recognised � are briefly identified and considered for their possible
contribution to conceptualising human dignity in biblical and theological discourse.

Keywords


Human Dignity, Social Location, Roman Empire, Incarnation, New Testament Anthropology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/105-0-162

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