By Daniel Boyarin
Paul's well-known formula, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, no female and male in Christ," demonstrates the genius of Christianity: its situation for every person. The genius of Judaism is its validation of family tree and cultural, ethnic distinction. however the evils of those idea platforms are the obverse in their geniuses: Christianity has threatened to coerce universality, whereas ethnic distinction is among the such a lot 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 perhaps spiritual, yet all of those, in dialectical pressure with each other. it really is analogous with gender: gender identification 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 directly, 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