By Daniel Boyarin
Paul's recognized formula, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, no female and male in Christ," demonstrates the genius of Christianity: its hindrance for everybody. 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 such a lot afflicted matters in smooth history.
Boyarin posits a "diaspora identification" so one can negotiate the pitfalls inherent in both place. Jewishness disrupts different types of identification since it isn't really nationwide, genealogical, or perhaps spiritual, yet all of those, in dialectical stress with each other. it really is analogous with gender: gender id makes us assorted in many ways yet now not 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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A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity (Contraversions: Critical Studies in Jewish Literature, Culture, and Society) by Daniel Boyarin