Original Research - Special Collection: Perspectives on Peace in the Bible

Vrede as ’n onontginde navorsingstema in die Nuwe-Testamentiese Wetenskap

Pieter G.R. de Villiers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a3001 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.3001 | © 2015 Pieter G.R. de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 April 2015 | Published: 11 September 2015

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Pieter G.R. de Villiers, Department of Old and New Testament, University of the Free State, South Africa


Peace as research theme in New Testament studies. This research article investigates peace as an underdeveloped theme in New Testament studies. Its first part documents this situation by analysing the role of the Bible and biblical research in the extensive social, theological and ecclesiastical discourse on war, violence and peace. In following parts the article investigates some recent literature in New Testament studies on peace and evaluates its place in the discipline as representing a reversal of the limited attention to peace and as illustration of the need for more research. In a fourth part the reasons why peace as a theme is relatively underdeveloped, are spelled out, whilst a fifth section investigates the need for and challenges to exploring peace adequately within New Testament Studies.


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