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  • 1.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    A message for the last days: Didache 16.1-8 and the New Testament traditions2002In: Estudios Bíblicos, Vol. 60, p. 351-380Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Abrahams barn: en kritisk reflektion kring ett begrepp2014In: Blickar: kulturvetenskapliga perspektiv på utbildning / [ed] Niklas Ammert, Ulla Rosén & Jonas Svensson, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2014, 1, p. 165-178Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Are the Expressions 'Unclean Spirit' and 'Demon' Used as Technical Terms in the New Testament?2017In: Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting / Society for Pentecostal Studies: Berlin, August 10, 2017, 2017Conference paper (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.

  • 4.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Book Review: Victorian Religious Revivals: Culture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts, by David Bebbington, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2012, xii + 307pp. ISBN 978-0-19-957548-02013In: Religion, ISSN 0048-721X, E-ISSN 1096-1151, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 180-182Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Bruket av heliga texter i översättning: utmaningar2015In: Religionsdidaktiska studier / [ed] Torsten Löfstedt, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015, p. 103-117Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Communities of the Converted: Ukrainians and global evangelism, by Catherine Wanner, Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 2007, ix + 305 pp,, ISBN 978-0-8014-7402-6,  ISBN 978-0-8014-4592-72012In: National Identities, ISSN 1460-8944, E-ISSN 1469-9907, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 189-191Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Countering exorcistic excess in Russia: a comparison between Russian Pentecostal and Russian Orthodox teaching on demons and deliverance2014In: PentecoStudies, ISSN 2041-3599, E-ISSN 1871-7691, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 80-111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study compares statements by Russian Pentecostal and Orthodox leaders about demons, curses and exorcism, and their attempts at allaying people’s fears. In both denominations there are widely differing views about how great a threat demons are and on how one is to be set free from them. The study suggests that two competing metaphors have been used when speaking of freeing people from evil spirits, the medical and the military metaphors. The medical metaphor associates evil spirits and diseases, and connects deliverance from evil spirits with healing in general, while in the military metaphor evil spirits are seen as agents of Satan. Members of the top leadership in both the Russian Orthodox Church and in Russia’s leading Pentecostal denomination (the Russian Church of Christians of the Evangelical Faith) tend toward the medical model of exorcism. They see their exorcistic ministries more as a healing ministry. While they warn their followers about engaging in the occult, they try to downplay the dualism inherent in spiritual warfare language, as it encourages division within the church and may lead to increased fear on the part of the parishioners.

  • 8.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    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. €79.002016In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 224-226Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Don't Hesitate, Worship! (Matt. 28:17)2013In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 78, p. 161-172Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Eden and the Animal Languages: a comparison between the paradise narrative and AT 6702004In: Studies in Folk Culture, Vol. 2, p. 11-35Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Edith M. Humphrey, And I Turned to See the Voice : The Rhetoric ofVision in the New Testament2011In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 76, p. 238-240Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Eschatological Expectations among Russian Pentecostals2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Evil and the Devil: [ edited by Ida Fröhlich and Erkki Koskenniemi ]2015In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 80, p. 233-235Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Exorcism and emotions in the gospels2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Several passages in the Gospels speak of Jesus, in the context of healing someone or delivering someone of an evil spirit, being angry. To some translators and commentators (and even some copyists) his anger is difficult to motivate and out of character, and they suggest that Jesus was sorrowed rather than angry. I suggest on the basis of modern-day parallels that in the context of exorcisms anger is intelligible. In some cultures today heightened emotion is considered necessary for an exorcism to be plausible and effective and I consider it likely that when the Gospels speak of Jesus' anger they reflect the circumstances around his exorcisms accurately. It is easy to overanalyze words spoken in anger, however, and I argue on the basis of both New Testament passages and modern-day parallels that one should be careful about assuming that when Jesus displays anger at something that he necessarily considered it a supernatural agent. The demonic was not clearly defined, and in both healings and exorcism it was not unusual for the healer to express anger at the personified ailment. Anger is a social emotion that will normally be directed at an agent felt to have moral responsibility. Because of the emotional intensity involved in an exorcism (as in other forms of faith healing), personification of the patient's condition is expected.

  • 15.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Frikyrkomission2008In: Tro och liv, ISSN 0346-2803, Vol. 67, no 1, p. 35-41Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    From sect to denomination: the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians2009In: Global Pentecostalism: Encounters with other religious traditions / [ed] Westerlund, David, 2009, p. 157-178Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Förrådde Judas Jesus - eller överlämnade han honom bara?2014In: Humanetten, ISSN 1403-2279, no 32, p. 55-66Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Gender Roles among Russian and Belarusian Pentecostals2011In: PentecoStudies, ISSN 2041-3599, E-ISSN 1871-7691, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 174-195Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a study of the views that leading representatives of Pentecostal denominations in Russia and Belarus have regarding the roles of men and women in church and at home. Their views may be deemed traditional; they are convinced that women and men have unique roles given them by God. Ordained leadership positions in the church are reserved for men, and every husband is called to be “priest in the home”. While Pentecostals present the latter teaching as Biblical, I trace it back to St. Augustine. Russian Pentecostal gender roles are colored by Russian culture, but they differ from the surrounding culture in that Pentecostals give men greater responsibilities to care for their family. This may help explain the appeal of Pentecostalism to women, who are overrepresented in the denominations studied.

  • 19.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Heliga texter och författares intentioner2015In: Religionsdidaktiska studier / [ed] Torsten Löfstedt, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015, p. 89-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.
    Henry Ansgar Kelly: Satan: a  biography2008In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, p. 245-247Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    How to define supernatural beings1996In: Studies in Folklore and Popular Religion, Vol. 1, p. 107-112Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Imagining the Continuity of the Christian Community over Time2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    In Defence of the Scripture Principle: An Evangelical Reply to A.S. Khomiakov2011In: Evangelical Quarterly, ISSN 0014-3367, Vol. 83, no 1, p. 49-72Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Jesus the Angry Exorcist: On the Connection between Healing and Strong Emotions in the Gospels2016In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 113-126Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Keeping Pandora’s Box Open just a Crack: Russian Pentecostal and Orthodox Views of Demons2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Kristna av den Evangeliska Tron2012In: Religion och Politik i Ryssland / [ed] Elena Namli och Ingvar Svanberg, Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2012, p. 77-99Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Legends and Landscape2010In: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, ISSN 0347-1837, no 336, p. 188-191Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Leo Duprée Sandgren: The Shadow of God: Stories from Early Judaism2007In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, p. 211-213Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Livets ord som missionssällskap: om Ryska Inlandsmissionen2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Myths, Visions, and Related Literary Forms in the Gospels2015In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 80, p. 99-123Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Narrative Structure and Gender in Russian Bloodstoppers2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Narratives of the fall of Satan and Adam in the Koran: a study in oral composition2008In: Arv. Scandinavian Yearbook of Folklore, ISSN 0066-8176, Vol. 63, no 2007, p. 141-160Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Palmsöndag på Första Advent: en kyrkohistorisk gåta2009In: Uppbrott: Brytpunkter och övergångar i tid och rum, Kalmar: Högskolan i Kalmar , 2009, p. 162-174Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Paul, Sin and Satan: The Root of Evil according to Romans2010In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 75, p. 109-134Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Pentecostal and Charismatic Denominations in Russia2011In: East-West Church & Ministry Report, ISSN 1069-5664, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 9-11Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 36.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Pentecostals and Charismatics in Russia, Ukraine, and Other Post-Soviet States: History and Future Prospects2017In: 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)
  • 37. Löfstedt, Torsten
    Perevod Evangelija na komi jazyk Georgija Stepanovicha Lytkina (1835-1907gg)1996In: Perevod Biblii: lingvisticheskie, istoriko-kul'turnye i bogoslovskie aspekty. / [ed] Arapovic, Borislav, Moscow: Instituta Perevoda Biblii , 1996, p. 157-169Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Religionsdidaktiska studier2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Religious Revival among Orthodox and Pentecostals in Russia: Causes and Limitations2012In: Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 92-111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Russia in the late 1980s and early 1990s churches and denominations of all kinds grew quickly. Among those that grew most quickly were the Pentecostals. My impression is that by the mid-1990s, however, the growth rate for the leading Pentecostal denominations had slowed down considerably. In this paper I try to ascertain whether this in fact is the case and if so, what the causes for the slowdown in growth might have been. Because denominations have been reticent in sharing official membership statistics, I have looked for evidence of denominational growth rates in other places and have found evidence for a slowdown. I have then sought to explain the end of the revival among the Pentecostals. I find that the weakening of the Pentecostal churches is coupled with the strengthening of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russian society. The Orthodox Church has come to serve as an ethnic marker and it has successfully persuaded its adherents that non-Orthodox forms of Christianity are foreign sects. While I present little new empirical material, I ask new questions of the material available which help explain the slowdown in church growth among Russian Pentecostals.

  • 40.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    [ Review of ] Graham R. Smith. The Church Militant: Spiritual Warfare in the Anglican Charismatic Renewal: Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. 2016. 278 pp.2018In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 94, no 1-2, p. 111-112Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    [ Review of ] Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudning-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, (eds.). Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons2017In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, no 82, p. 235-238Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    Russian Apocalypse: Developments in Russia's Messianic Consciousness2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    UC Berkeley.
    Russian legends about forest spirits in the context of northern European mythology1993Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Russian Separatists and the Word of Life Church in Donetsk2017In: 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 (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Satan's Fall and the Mission of the Seventy-Two2011In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 76, p. 95-114Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a close reading of the cryptic reference to Satan’s fall in Luke10:18, one of the more important verses relating to the devil in the NewTestament. This verse is found only in Luke, and my goal in this paper isto interpret it in the context of that gospel. My primary interests are not inascertaining whether this is an authentic logion of Jesus, whether it can beused to reconstruct the historical Jesus, or what its original Sitz im Lebenmight have been.1 For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to the author ofLuke’s Gospel as Luke. My interpretation does not rest on identifying theauthor of this gospel with the person(s?) referred to in Col 4:14, 2 Tim4:11, and Phm 24.

    In an earlier study of the references to “the ruler of this world” inJohn’s Gospel I concluded that, according to that gospel, Satan has beencast down from the heavenly council but remains a force to be reckonedwith on earth.2 In this article I will argue that the report of Satan’s fall inLuke assumes a similar series of events, with the difference that Luke’saccount seems to imply that Satan’s fall is realized each time individuals –beginning with the seventy-two – respond in obedience to Jesus and areempowered by him.

  • 46.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Spiritual Warfare and New Age Literature2016In: 9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Its Encounters with Other Religions : Programme and Abstracts, 2016, p. 19-19Conference paper (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.

  • 47.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Steven L. Bridge: Getting the Gospels: Understanding the New Testament accounts of Jesus' life2007In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, p. 224-226Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    The allegory of Sarah and Hagar: Gal 4.21-312000In: Estudios Bíblicos, Vol. 58, p. 475-494Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    The creation and fall of Adam: a comparison between the Qur'anic and Biblical accounts2005In: Swedish Missiological Themes, Vol. 93, p. 453-477Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Löfstedt, Torsten
    University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
    The Ruler of This World2009In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 74, p. 55-79Article in journal (Refereed)
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