Stein’s Kenosis

Joseph Redfield Palmisano

in Beyond the Walls

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925025
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980451 | DOI:


Stein’s Kenosis

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After the “action” of narratively considering Stein's life, the text reflectively “steps back” in order to discern the interreligious significance of Stein's response. This is done by reading Stein's praxis “through” Jean-Luc Marion's hermeneutic of intergivenness. The hermeneutic of intergivenness provides us with a way for discussing how Stein rises as an inter-religious witness. It is argued that Stein's Jewish and Christian fidelity is an archetype for interreligious relations, and challenges Catholicism to do the teshuva work of remembering its Jewish heritage through new categories of witnessing and belonging with otherness. A reception of the other opens up eschatological horizons to review and renewal; it is an encouragement to live from a new depth for others and the world. A hermeneutics from empathy encourages one to respond to the summons to be God's frontier partner in promoting peace and compassion.

Keywords: Catherine Cornille; continuum memory; dialectical belonging; Hermeneutics from Empathy; intergivenness; Kavanah; Mandorla; Martyr as Rememberer

Chapter.  7422 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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