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Wolves in the airport: Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance

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Wolves in the airport : Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance. / Stoddart, Eric.

In: Practical Theology, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2018, p. 54-66.

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Stoddart, E 2018, 'Wolves in the airport: Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance', Practical Theology, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 54-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/1756073X.2017.1414483

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Stoddart, E. (2018). Wolves in the airport: Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance. Practical Theology, 11(1), 54-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/1756073X.2017.1414483

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Stoddart E. Wolves in the airport: Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance. Practical Theology. 2018;11(1):54-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/1756073X.2017.1414483

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Stoddart, Eric. / Wolves in the airport : Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to twenty-first-century surveillance. In: Practical Theology. 2018 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 54-66.

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