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The Disincarnation of the Word

Robert Gibbs

in The Exorbitant

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230150
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230150.003.0003

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Disincarnation of the Word

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This chapter addresses the complex question of how a translation from Jewish to Christian readings of scripture can occur. It explores the relation of Jewish scriptural hermeneutics to Levinas's philosophy. It argues that Levinas takes his distance from one of the central doctrines of Christianity: incarnation. Levinas does not view the other person, particularly his face, as an incarnation of God or of the infinite. His account of the face portrays how it disrupts the reification that our judgments impose both on the other person and on God.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; name of God; Christian theology; face incarnation; scripture; Jewish reading

Chapter.  8835 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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