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Body against Spirit: Daniel Boyarin

John David Dawson

in Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226302.003.0002
Body against Spirit: Daniel Boyarin

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This chapter studies four important Pauline texts that were used by Daniel Boyarin to build his claim on Paul's allegorical reading. It argues that the poststructuralist assumptions of Boyarin lead him to underrepresent the side of Paul's thought where he expresses the continuity of his new commitment to the risen Jesus with his permanent identity as a Jew. It looks at Boyarin's reliance on poststructuralist conceptions of meaning and it says that the text obscures Paul's efforts to preserve his Jewish identity. The chapter also looks at how Boyarin transforms the complicated Pauline formations of continuity and discontinuity into mutually canceling binary oppositions.

Keywords: Pauline texts; Daniel Boyarin; poststructuralist assumptions; Jewish identity; poststructuralist conceptions; meaning and text; formations; continuity; discontinuity

Chapter.  12179 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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