Justice and divine judgement: Scriptural perspectives for public theology

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From Jewish and Christian Scripture this article retrieves conceptions of justice and divine judgement with the potential to contribute to the public good. Although justice is not a homogenous concept in Scripture, there is a justice-trajectory that is more restorative than retributive and, as such has profound public import. Through the discussion of scriptural justice, this article raises the question of the role of Scripture in public theology. While affirming that justice is a central scriptural concern and therefore indispensable to Christian faith and practice, this article also explores the nexus between justice and divine judgement, with a view to indicating by means of inner-biblical critique that divine judgement, no less than justice in the biblical tradition, leans towards restoration rather than (solely) retribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-356
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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