Understanding the physical realities and social attitudes concerning incarceration in the ancient world provides a fuller context to the New Testament’s unadorned and ambiguous references to people’s experience of being held in custody. The context is crucial for interpreting biblical passages that commend caring for prisoners, that reaffirm God’s strength and nullify the ignominy associated with incarceration, and that declare God’s power over the means and motives of imperial coercion. Such passages also compel the contemporary church to advocate on behalf of prisoners and to denounce the systems that regularly victimize them.
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Skinner, Matthew L. “Remember My Chains: New Testament Perspectives on Incarceration.” Interpretation 72, no. 3 (2018): 269–81. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0020964318766296. Copyright © 2018 SAGE Publications. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Skinner, Matthew L., "Remember My Chains: New Testament Perspectives on Incarceration" (2018). Faculty Publications. 236.