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A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity by Daniel Boyarin

By Daniel Boyarin

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

Paul's well-known formula, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, no female and male in Christ," demonstrates the genius of Christianity: its problem for everyone. The genius of Judaism is its validation of family tree and cultural, ethnic distinction. however the evils of those notion platforms are the obverse in their geniuses: Christianity has threatened to coerce universality, whereas ethnic distinction is without doubt one of the so much stricken matters in smooth 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 pressure with each other. it's analogous with gender: gender id makes us varied 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 directly, Jew and Palestinian—and as human beings.

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