Sacrificing Election: Divine Freedom and Its Abuses

Randi Rashkover

in Freedom and Law

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234523
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240883 | DOI:
Sacrificing Election: Divine Freedom and Its Abuses

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This chapter discusses exceptionalism as a charge against Jewish law in recent political theology, in particular the work of Giorgio Agamben. Despite Agamben's characterization of Jewish law as exceptionalist, this chapter maintains that Agamben's own logic of the messianic ‘as not’ discussed in his work, The Time that Remains displays a logic of exceptionalism within Agamben's own thinking and represents a strain of exceptionalism within Christian theology predicated upon a misunderstanding of the structure and logic of sovereignty.

Keywords: exceptionalism; messianic; sacrifice; law

Chapter.  15330 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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