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 challenge for every person. The genius of Judaism is its validation of family tree and cultural, ethnic distinction. however the evils of those idea structures 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 concerns in glossy history.
Boyarin posits a "diaspora id" for you to negotiate the pitfalls inherent in both place. Jewishness disrupts different types of id since it isn't really nationwide, genealogical, or perhaps spiritual, yet all of those, in dialectical stress with each other. it truly is analogous with gender: gender id 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 directly, Jew and Palestinian—and as human beings.
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