A Radical Jew

Paul and the Politics of Identity

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Author: Daniel Boyarin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520212142

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin turns to the Epistles of Paul as the spiritual autobiography of a first-century Jewish cultural critic and explores what led Paul--in his dramatic conversion to Christianity--to such a radical critique of Jewish culture. "Boyarin's incisive questioning is relevant to cultural clashes in many parts of the world".--Robin Scroggs, PRINCETON SEMINARY BULLETIN.

Postkoloniale Theologien

Bibelhermeneutische und kulturwissenschaftliche Beiträge

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Author: Andreas Nehring,Simon Tielesch

Publisher: Kohlhammer Verlag

ISBN: 3170271342

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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Die postkoloniale Theologie ist in den letzten Jahren zu einem der wichtigsten und innovativsten Felder innerhalb der interkulturellen Theologie avanciert. TheologInnen aus Asien, Afrika und Lateinamerika haben begonnen, die Konstruktionen postkolonialer Identitäten theologisch zu reflektieren. Dabei nehmen sie Bezug auf kulturwissenschaftliche Diskurse, die in den letzten Jahren an Bedeutung gewonnen haben. Bislang sind allerdings postkoloniale theologische Entwürfe im deutschsprachigen Raum weitgehend unbekannt geblieben. Dieser Band führt zunächst in die Entwicklungsgeschichte und gegenwärtige zentrale Positionen der postkolonialen Theologie ein. Daran anschließend werden die wichtigsten Aufsätze aus den letzten Jahren erstmals in deutscher Übersetzung publiziert, um Studierenden und allen Interessierten den Zugang zu dieser theologischen Richtung zu erleichtern.

Paul Among the Gentiles: A "Radical" Reading of Romans

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Author: Jacob P. B. Mortensen

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 3772056563

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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This exciting new interpretation of Pauls Letter to the Romans approaches Pauls most famous letter from one of the newest scholarly positions within Pauline Studies: The Radical New Perspective on Paul (also known as Paul within Judaism). As a point of departure, the author takes Pauls self-designation in 11:13 as apostle to the gentiles as so determining for Pauls mission that the audience of the letter is perceived to be exclusively gentile. The study finds confirmation of this reading-strategy in the letters construction of the interlocutor from chapter 2 onwards. Even in 2:17, where Paul describes the interlocutor as someone who calls himself a Jew, it requests to perceive this person as a gentile who presents himself as a Jew and not an ethnic Jew. If the interlocutor is perceived in this way throughout the letter, the dialogue between Paul and the interlocutor can be perceived as a continuous, unified and developing dialogue. In this way, this interpretation of Romans sketches out a position against a more disparate and fragmentary interpretation of Romans.

A Cosmopolitan Ideal

Paul's Declaration 'Neither Jew Nor Greek, Neither Slave Nor Free, Nor Male and Female' in the Context of First-Century Thought

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Author: Karin B. Neutel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567656845

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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What did Paul mean when he declared that there is 'neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, nor male and female' (Galatians 3:28)? While many modern readers understand these words as a statement about human equality, this study shows that it in fact reflects ancient ideas about an ideal or utopian community. With this declaration, Paul contributed to the cultural conversation of his time about such a community. The three pairs that Paul brings together in this formula all played a role in first-century conceptions of what an ideal world would look like. Such conceptions were influenced by cosmopolitanism; the philosophical idea prevalent at the time, that all people were fundamentally connected and could all live in a unified society. Understanding Paul's thought in the context of these contemporary ideals helps to clarify his attitude towards each of the three pairs in his letters. Like other ancient utopian thinkers, Paul imagined the ideal community to be based on mutual dependence and egalitarian relationships.

Jews Or Christians?

The Followers of Jesus in Search of Their Own Identity

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Author: Giorgio Jossa

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161491924

Category: Religion

Page: 175

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When was Christianity born? When was it that Christianity, born as a particular current within Judaism, constituted itself as a religion different and separate from the Jewish religion? The question has been asked, and the problem has therefore been considered, since the historical-critical investigation of Christian origins began. However the problem has become acute only in the last few decades, because of the occurrence of a whole series of circumstances and of reflections that have deeply changed the historiographic understanding regarding Judaism in the first century, and thus the origins of Christianity as well. Traditional opinion considered the founders of Christianity to be Jesus of Nazareth and Paul of Tarsus. Recent studies however affirm that a Christian religion as distinct from the Jewish religion can be spoken of only much later, and that for the entire first century, and for at least a part of the second century, Christianity was nothing more than a sect within Judaism. Dealing with the problem from an historical point of view, and thus considering not only Christianity of Jewish origin but also that of gentile origin, Giorgio Jossa demonstrates that the birth of a Christian identity as distinct from Jewish identity must actually be dated back to the first period of life of the community of Jesus.

Damit Gott sei alles in allem

Studien zum paulinischen und frühjüdischen Universalismus

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Author: Gudrun Holtz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110897830

Category: Religion

Page: 661

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Christianity is generally seen as differing from Judaism in that, rather than being the religion of a specific people, it is open to all peoples. It is St Paul the Apostle who above all is regarded as overcoming Jewish particularism and preparing the way for Christian universalism. G. Holtz shows that a contrast of this kind does justice neither to Paul nor to the Judaism of his age. A detailed comparison of the Letters of St Paul with contemporary Jewish writings, especially the literature of Qumran and the work of Philo of Alexandria shows that on both sides there were tendencies towards openness and towards delineation.

Grenzgänge

Menschen und Schicksale zwischen jüdischer, christlicher und deutscher Identität : Festschrift für Diethard Aschoff

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Author: Folker Siegert,Diethard Aschoff

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825858568

Category: Bible

Page: 455

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A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul

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Author: Stanislas Breton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231521766

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Stanislas Breton's A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul, which focuses on the political implications of the apostle's writings, was an instrumental text in Continental philosophy's contemporary "turn to religion." Reading Paul's work against modern thought and history, Breton helped launch a reassessment of Marxism, introduce secular interpretations of biblical and theological traditions, develop "radical negativity" as a critical category, and rework modern political ideas through a theoretical lens. Newly translated and critically situated, this edition takes a fresh approach to Breton's classic work, reacquainting readers with the remarkable ways in which an ancient apostle can reset our understanding of the political. Breton begins with Paul's biography and the texts of his conversion, which challenge common conceptions of identity. He broaches the question of allegory and divine predestination, introduces the idea of subjectivity as an effect of power, and confronts Paul's critique of Law, which leads to an exploration of the logics and limits of agency and power. Breton develops these and other insights in relation to Paul's subversive reflections on the crucified messiah, which challenge meaning and reason and upend our current world order. Neither a coherent theologian nor a stable humanist, Breton's Paul becomes a fascinating figure of excess and madness, experiencing a kind of being that transcends philosophy, secularity, and religion.

Reading the Church Fathers

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Author: Morwenna Ludlow,Scot Douglass

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567185818

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers. This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father? What constitutes a 'responsible' reading? Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience? What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?

Mapping Gender in Ancient Religious Discourses

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Author: Todd C. Penner,Caroline Vander Stichele

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004154477

Category: Religion

Page: 580

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A collection of essays on early Christian, Jewish and Greco-Roman religious discourses in antiquity, focusing on the construction of gender in relationship to broader cultural and religious themes, argumentation and identity formation in the early centuries of the common era.

Militant Christianity

An Anthropological History

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Author: A. Kehoe

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137282150

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

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A powerful chronicle of the astounding persistence of Indo-European glorification of battle, morphed into today's militant Christian Right. The book is written as a lively chronicle making clear the astounding power of the ancient cultural tradition embedding our language, and the real battle we face to contain this 'Christian' jihad.

Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

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Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416584277

Category: History

Page: 288

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A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy. Richard Cohen’s book is part reportage, part memoir—an intimate journey through the history of Europe’s Jews, culminating in the establishment of Israel. A veteran, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, Cohen began this journey as a skeptic, wondering in a national column whether the creation of a Jewish State was “a mistake.” As he recounts, he delved into his own and Jewish history and fell in love with the story of the Jews and Israel, a twice-promised land—in the Bible by God, and by the world to the remnants of Europe’s Jews. This promise, he writes, was made in atonement not just for the Holocaust, but for the callous indifference that preceded World War II and followed it—and that still threatens. Cohen’s account is full of stories—from the nineteenth century figures who imagined a Zionist country, including Theodore Herzl, who thought it might resemble Vienna with its cafes and music; to what happened in twentieth century Poland to his own relatives; and to stories of his American boyhood. Cohen describes his relationship with Israel as a sort of marriage: one does not always get along but one is faithful.

Metaphysics of the Profane

The Political Theology of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem

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Author: Eric Jacobson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231501536

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Together they produced a dynamic body of ideas that has had a lasting impact on the study of religion, philosophy, and literary criticism. Drawing from Benjamin's and Scholem's ideas on messianism, language, and divine justice, this book traces the intellectual exchange through the early decades of the twentieth century—from Berlin, Bern, and Munich in the throws of war and revolution to Scholem's departure for Palestine in 1923. It begins with a close reading of Benjamin's early writings and a study of Scholem's theological politics, followed by an examination of Benjamin's proposals on language and the influence these ideas had on Scholem's scholarship on Jewish mysticism. From there the book turns to their ideas on divine justice—from Benjamin's critique of original sin and violence to Scholem's application of the categories to the prophets and Bolshevism. Metaphysics of the Profane is the first book to make this early period available to a wider audience, revealing the intricate structure of this early intellectual partnership on politics and theology.

Queer Theory and the Jewish Question

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Author: Daniel Boyarin,Daniel Itzkovitz,Ann Pellegrini

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231508956

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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The essays in this volume boldly map the historically resonant intersections between Jewishness and queerness, between homophobia and anti-Semitism, and between queer theory and theorizations of Jewishness. With important essays by such well-known figures in queer and gender studies as Judith Butler, Daniel Boyarin, Marjorie Garber, Michael Moon, and Eve Sedgwick, this book is not so much interested in revealing—outing—"queer Jews" as it is in exploring the complex social arrangements and processes through which modern Jewish and homosexual identities emerged as traces of each other during the last two hundred years.

Encounters with a Radical Erasmus

Erasmus' Work as a Source of Radical Thought in Early Modern Europe

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Author: Peter G. Bietenholz

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 080209905X

Category: History

Page: 326

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Enthält: "The Castellio circle: religious toleration and radical reasoning" (S. 95-108).

What Does a Jew Want?

On Binationalism and Other Specters

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Author: Udi Aloni

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527373

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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In the hopes of promoting justice, peace, and solidarity for and with the Palestinian people, Udi Aloni joins with Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler to confront the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their bold question: Will a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians dare to walk together toward a joint Israel-Palestine? Through a collage of meditation, interview, diary, and essay, Aloni and his interlocutors present a personal, intellectual, and altogether provocative account rich with the insights of philosophy and critical theory. They ultimately foresee the emergence of a binational Israeli-Palestinian state, incorporating the work of Walter Benjamin, Edward Said, and Jewish theology to recast the conflict in secular theological terms.

The Theology of Paul the Apostle

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Author: James D. G. Dunn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802844231

Category: Religion

Page: 844

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