New PDF release: A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity

By Daniel Boyarin

ISBN-10: 0520085922

ISBN-13: 9780520085923

ISBN-10: 0520212142

ISBN-13: 9780520212145

Daniel Boyarin turns to the Epistles of Paul because the religious autobiography of a first-century Jewish cultural critic. What led Paul—in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to this kind of radical critique of Jewish culture?

Paul's recognized formula, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, no female and male in Christ," demonstrates the genius of Christianity: its challenge for every body. The genius of Judaism is its validation of family tree and cultural, ethnic distinction. however the evils of those notion structures are the obverse in their geniuses: Christianity has threatened to coerce universality, whereas ethnic distinction is likely one of the such a lot afflicted matters in glossy history.

Boyarin posits a "diaspora id" with a view to negotiate the pitfalls inherent in both place. Jewishness disrupts different types of identification since it isn't really nationwide, genealogical, or maybe spiritual, yet all of those, in dialectical rigidity with each other. it really is analogous with gender: gender identification makes us diversified in many ways yet no longer in others.

An exploration of those tensions within the Pauline corpus, argues Boyarin, will lead us to a richer appreciation of our personal cultural quandaries as female and male, homosexual and instantly, Jew and Palestinian—and as human beings.

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