Kroppen som konfliktzon

Den bibliska traditionen


  • Greger Andersson Örebro universitet
  • Roland Spjuth Akademi för Ledarskap och Teologi



The Bible, St Augustine, the body


The Biblical heritage: The body as a conflict zone

In the article we discuss the ambiguous view of the body in Christian tradition, focusing on the biblical texts and St. Augustine’s Confessions. We suggest that there is a tension in the view of humans in these texts, which by time evolves into a two- or three-part division of man into spirit, soul, and body. As a result, the body or ‘flesh’ has often been regarded as a constraint or burden that prevents people from living the life they were meant to live. We argue, however, that the view of the body in the Bible and in Christian tradition is not unequivocal. The body can appear as a place for temptation and suffering, but it is also God’s creation, the place where the earthly and the divine meet. This results in a fragile and unstable position for the body, which also applies to the two other bodies we discuss in the article: the biblical texts and the Christian church. We also suggest that the conflict depicted in the texts is not primarily between the spiritual and the material. The conflict is rather ethical, social, and eschatological. People are thus supposed to respond to God’s acts by forming a new way of living their life in the body. 


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Greger Andersson, Örebro universitet

Professor i litteraturvetenskap vid Örebro universitet. Han är också engagerad som lärare i Gamla testamentets exegetik vid Akademin för Ledarskap och Teologi.

Roland Spjuth, Akademi för Ledarskap och Teologi

Docent och lektor i systematisk teologi vid Akademi för Ledarskap och Teologi.




Referera så här

Andersson, G. ., & Spjuth, R. (2021). Kroppen som konfliktzon: Den bibliska traditionen. Tidskrift för Litteraturvetenskap, 51(1-2), 92–101.