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Putting the Apocalyptic Jesus to the Sword: Why Were Jesus’s Disciples Armed?

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Peer-reviewed

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jats:p The claim that the historical Jesus was a violent revolutionary has seen a revival in recent years with the work of Dale Martin and Fernando Bermejo-Rubio. Central to their case is the datum that Jesus’s disciples were armed at the time of his arrest in anticipation of their active participation in an end-time battle. However, whilst it can be established that it is likely that the disciples did carry bladed implements that could be used as weapons, when the literary and material-cultural evidence is scrutinised more closely, it is unreasonable to infer that these were intended to be used for apocalyptic ends or that the disciples or anyone else would see them as evidence of military intent. </jats:p>

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apocalyptic, eschatology, Jesus, swords, violence

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Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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0142-064X
1745-5294

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SAGE Publications