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What Jesus Really Meant By “Render Unto Caesar”

Proper context reveals a misunderstood passage as a critique of power

“The Tribute Money” (1612–1614), Peter Paul Rubens

The phrase is famous enough that it rarely gets the introduction it deserves. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Most are quick to interpret it as an endorsement of the separation of powers. As with all things…

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J. W. Barlament

J. W. Barlament

History, politics, religion and the rest. Told with nerve and without reserve. Columbia 2024.