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Prison, penance or purgatory: The interpretation of Matthew 5.25–6 and parallels

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Scholarship on Matt 5.25–6 has focused on the question of whether the saying offers mundane wisdom or threatens divine judgement, with the majority concluding that it refers to eternal punishment in hell. This article examines debt-prison and related phenomena before turning to the illuminating history of ancient interpretation. The article concludes that the ‘eternal damnation’ gloss widely favoured today is an overinterpretation first inspired by the exigencies of fourth- and fifth-century ...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0028688517000315

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Keble College
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
New Testament Studies Journal website
Volume:
64
Issue:
2
Pages:
162-177
Publication date:
2018-03-08
Acceptance date:
2017-06-01
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EISSN:
1469-8145
ISSN:
0028-6885
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698517
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2017-06-05

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