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Löfstedt, Torsten
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Löfstedt, T. (2018). Ulf Ekman och auktoritetsfrågan. In: Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson (Ed.), Auktoritet: (pp. 189-213). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ulf Ekman och auktoritetsfrågan
2018 (Swedish)In: Auktoritet / [ed] Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018, p. 189-213Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018
Keywords
charisma, Charismatic Christianity, Word of Life, authority, Evangelical Christianity, Faith movement, karisma, Livets ord, trosrörelsen, auktoritet
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72315 (URN)978-91-7173-538-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Are the Expressions 'Unclean Spirit' and 'Demon' Used as Technical Terms in the New Testament?. In: Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting / Society for Pentecostal Studies: Berlin, August 10, 2017. Paper presented at Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting/ Society for Pentecostal Studies, Berlin, 10 August 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Are the Expressions 'Unclean Spirit' and 'Demon' Used as Technical Terms in the New Testament?
2017 (English)In: Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting / Society for Pentecostal Studies: Berlin, August 10, 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I begin by explaining the relevance of this question, noting how in Pentecostal and Charismatic writings (I focus especially on spiritual warfare literature) the words ‘unclean spirit’ and ‘demon’ are often treated as technical terms, with fixed well-defined meanings (incorporeal, malevolent supernatural agents that assail people in specific ways). Next I summarize some good reasons for treating them as technical terms. I note how other early texts treat ’demon’ as a discrete category. For example the Book of the Watchers traces all demons back to the antediluvian giants, suggesting that all demons are ultimately of the same kind, and the Testament of Solomon provides a catalogue of demons, also indicative of the fact that demons were considered a clearly defined category. There are also reasons to not consider ‘unclean spirit’ and ‘demon’ to be technical terms, however.  For example, New Testament authors do not share the interest in the nature of demons or their classification with later Christian and Jewish texts. NT texts do not explain on what basis demons and diseases were distinguished; on the contrary, references to demons and disease often co-occur in NT texts, suggesting that the expressions reflect perceived symptoms rather than being attempts at etiology. By way of conclusion I argue that we should be careful and not read too much into various references to demons and unclean spirits in the New Testament. Healings and exorcisms are performed in the New Testament either by Jesus or in his name and with his authority, rather than being based on the correct identification of demons.

Keywords
New Testament, demon, healing, theology, Gospel
National Category
Religious Studies History of Ideas
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67245 (URN)
Conference
Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting/ Society for Pentecostal Studies, Berlin, 10 August 2017
Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2017-08-16Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Pentecostals and Charismatics in Russia, Ukraine, and Other Post-Soviet States: History and Future Prospects. In: Vinson Synan, Amos Yong (Ed.), Global Renewal Christianity : Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future: Volume 4 : Europe and North America (pp. 19-32). Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pentecostals and Charismatics in Russia, Ukraine, and Other Post-Soviet States: History and Future Prospects
2017 (English)In: Global Renewal Christianity : Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future: Volume 4 : Europe and North America / [ed] Vinson Synan, Amos Yong, Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House , 2017, p. 19-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House, 2017
Keywords
Pentecostalism, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60076 (URN)978-1-62998-943-3 (ISBN)
Note

Även sidor: 386-391

Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). [ Review of ] Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudning-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, (eds.). Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok (82), 235-238
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[ Review of ] Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudning-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, (eds.). Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons
2017 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, no 82, p. 235-238Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska exegetiska sällskapet, 2017
Keywords
devil, demons, theology, New Testament, Old Testament
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67739 (URN)
Available from: 2017-09-05 Created: 2017-09-05 Last updated: 2018-05-07Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Russian Separatists and the Word of Life Church in Donetsk. In: EASR European Association for the Study of Religions, Annual Conference 2017: Special Conference of the IAHR, International Association for the History of Religions, 18-21 September 2017. Paper presented at EASR European Association for the Study of Religions, Annual Conference 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Russian Separatists and the Word of Life Church in Donetsk
2017 (English)In: EASR European Association for the Study of Religions, Annual Conference 2017: Special Conference of the IAHR, International Association for the History of Religions, 18-21 September 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Ukraine, Moscow, Russian empire, Donetsk, Orthodox church
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions; Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68071 (URN)
Conference
EASR European Association for the Study of Religions, Annual Conference 2017
Available from: 2017-09-22 Created: 2017-09-22 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). The Synoptic Gospels: Moving Literature or Apostolic Texts?. Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, 93(3-4), 155-171
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Synoptic Gospels: Moving Literature or Apostolic Texts?
2017 (English)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 93, no 3-4, p. 155-171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, textual criticism, canon, scripture
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71476 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Translations of the Bible to Minority Languages in a Russian Orthodox Context. In: Sola Scriptura in History and Culture of Russia (St. Petersburg Christian University/Russian Academy of Sciences). 4 Nov 2017: . Paper presented at Sola Scriptura in History and Culture of Russia (St. Petersburg Christian University/ Russian Academy of Sciences). 4 Nov 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Translations of the Bible to Minority Languages in a Russian Orthodox Context
2017 (English)In: Sola Scriptura in History and Culture of Russia (St. Petersburg Christian University/Russian Academy of Sciences). 4 Nov 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Udmurt, Komi, Tatar, Chuvash, Bible translation, Russian Orthodox Church
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68611 (URN)
Conference
Sola Scriptura in History and Culture of Russia (St. Petersburg Christian University/ Russian Academy of Sciences). 4 Nov 2017
Available from: 2017-11-06 Created: 2017-11-06 Last updated: 2018-01-22Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2016). Derek R. Brown, The God of this Age : Satan in the Churches and Letters of the Apostle Paul: WUNT II 409. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Paperback. XI + 243 pages. ISBN : 9783161537080. €79.00 [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 81, 224-226
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Derek R. Brown, The God of this Age : Satan in the Churches and Letters of the Apostle Paul: WUNT II 409. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Paperback. XI + 243 pages. ISBN : 9783161537080. €79.00
2016 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 224-226Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-55799 (URN)
Available from: 2016-08-27 Created: 2016-08-27 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2016). Jesus the Angry Exorcist: On the Connection between Healing and Strong Emotions in the Gospels. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 81, 113-126
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jesus the Angry Exorcist: On the Connection between Healing and Strong Emotions in the Gospels
2016 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 113-126Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Jesus, Gospels, demon, exorcism, New Testament
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-55786 (URN)
Available from: 2016-08-26 Created: 2016-08-26 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2016). Spiritual Warfare and New Age Literature. In: 9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Its Encounters with Other Religions : Programme and Abstracts. Paper presented at 9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference (pp. 19-19).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spiritual Warfare and New Age Literature
2016 (English)In: 9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Its Encounters with Other Religions : Programme and Abstracts, 2016, p. 19-19Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Christian spiritual warfare literature typically considers the New Age movement to be something demonic, but to a great extent both forms of literature reflect the same world view. In this paper I will examine the striking similarities between some books about spiritual warfare authored by Charismatic Christians and examples of New Age and neo-Pagan literature. I show that although the authors have very different relations to Christianity, they appeal to the same kind of readership. These texts were written in a cultural context coloured by a distrust of science and of the established church and by the idealization of pre-modern forms of knowledge. The entrepreneurial authors offer their consumers esoteric knowledge (thus helping to fulfil their desire to be unique) and guaranteeing quick fixes to their problems. While questioning the results of modern science, the authors will often use pseudoscientific terminology to give their texts greater credibility.

Keywords
New Age, Pentecostal, Spiritual Warfare
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53404 (URN)
Conference
9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved
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