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The Political Theology of Paul (Cultural Memory In The Present Series)

Paperback|Dec 2003
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This highly original interpretation of Paul by the Jewish philosopher of religion Jacob Taubes was presented in a number of lectures held in Heidelberg toward the end of his life, and was regarded by him as his "spiritual testament." Taubes...


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This highly original interpretation of Paul by the Jewish philosopher of religion Jacob Taubes was presented in a number of lectures held in Heidelberg toward the end of his life, and was regarded by him as his "spiritual testament." Taubes engages with classic Paul commentators, including Karl Barth, but also situates the Pauline text in the context of Freud, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, and Rosenzweig. In his distinctive argument for the apocalyptic-revolutionary potential of Romans, Taubes also takes issue with the "political theology" advanced by the conservative Catholic jurist Carl Schmitt. Taubes's reading has been crucial for a number of interpretations of political theology and of Paul--including those of Jan Assmann and Giorgio Agamben--and it belongs to a wave of fresh considerations of Paul's legacy (Boyarin, Lyotard, Badiou, Zîzêk). Finally, Taubes's far-ranging lectures provide important insights into the singular experiences and views of this unconventional Jewish intellectual living in post-Holocaust Germany.



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Jacob Taubes

The late Jacob Taubes held the chair in Hermeneutics at the Free University of Berlin. In the U.S., he taught as a visiting professor at Harvard. Taubes apparently published little during his lifetime, but had a very great influence as a teacher. In addition to the present posthumous volume, the Assmanns and others have edited a collection of his writings from 1953-1983 entitled Vom Kult zur Kultur: Bausteine zu einer Kritik der historischen Vernunft; two volumes of his works are, I believe, currently coming out from Suhrkamp. This would be his first book to be translated into English. Aleida

  • @fmct:contents @toc4:translator's Note And Acknowledgmentsiii @toc4:prefaceiii @toc2:introduction1 @toc3:1. Autobiographical Approaches To The Epistle To The Romans000 2. Paul In Jewish Religious History: Messianic Logic000 @toc2:part I: Readings: Paul And Moses, The Establishment Of A New People Of God @toc3:1. Addresses Of The Epistle To The Romans000 Excursus: The Fate Of The Jewish Christian Congregations 000 2. Nomos: Law And Justification; A Reading Of Romans 811000 3. Election And Rejection: A Reading Of Romans 8:319:5 And Berakhot 32a000 4. Pneuma: The Surpassing Of Salvation History And The Overcoming Of This World; A Reading Of Romans 913000 @toc2:part Ii. Effects: Paul And Modernity, Transfigurations Of The Messianic @toc2:1. Strangers In This World: Marcion And The Consequences000 2. The Zealots Of The Absolute And Of Decision: Carl Schmitt And Karl Barth000 3. Nihilism As World Politics And Aestheticized Messianism: Walter Benjamin And Theodor W. Adorno000 4. Exodus From Biblical Religion: Friedrich Nietzsche And Sigmund Freud000 @toc2:appendix A: The Jacob Taubescarl Schmitt Story000 @toc2:apprendix B: Two Letters @toc2:afterword000 @tocca:wolf-daniel Hartwich, Aleida And Jan Assmann @toc3:1. Readings: The Legitimation And Formation Of A New Union-covenant [ver-bund]000 2. Effects: Paul And Modernity000 3. Political Theology000 @toc3:editorial Note000 @toc4:notes000 @toc4:index Of Names000 Library Of Congress Subject Headings For This Publication: Bible, N, T, Romans Criticism, Interpretation, Etc, Paul, The Apostle, Saint, Christianity And Politics

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