Should Jews and Christians Fear the Gifts of the Greeks?

Paul Franks

in The Exorbitant

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230150
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235711 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Should Jews and Christians Fear the Gifts of the Greeks?

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This chapter considers the question of what in Levinas's thinking is Jewish, and what is Christian. Levinas himself is not immune to the temptation to announce the exclusive essences of Christianity and Judaism. Yet something in his thinking can help us to resist the temptation. It is argued that we should thank Levinas for his contributions to peace between Judaism and Christianity. In particular, he has given Christians a conception of Judaism, and he has given Jews a conception of Christianity, that each can not only tolerate but also acknowledge.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; Judaism; Christianity; incarnation

Chapter.  1911 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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