- Series: Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion
- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (October 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812219864
- ISBN-13: 978-0812219869
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion)
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"Boyarin proposes that by constructing the categories of religious orthodoxy and heresy, second-century Gentile Christians created the concept of religion which pervades the Western world to this day. The work is intensely provocative and innovative and is destined to take its proper place as a modern classic among Boyarin's previous works."—Shofar
"Encourages us to see historic Christianity as but one expression of a universalistic potential in Jewish monotheism. . . . In a fruitful career not yet nearly over, Border Lines, the culmination of many years of work, may well remain Daniel Boyarin's masterpiece."—Jack Miles, Commonweal
"Boyarin's book challenges the ordinary usage of the terms 'Judaism' and 'Christianity' and juxtaposes the formation of orthodoxy as it is formulated within rabbinic tradition and among Christians of the patristic period. His bold thesis will no doubt prove controversial and important."—Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
About the Author
Daniel Boyarin is the Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity, Judaism and A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity, and other books.
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Boyarin's elucidation of the Prologue of John as a midrash almost took my breath away, it was so brilliant and illuminating. I would read it for that alone.
This absolutely stupendous book is a truly seminal contribution to human knowledge and understanding, for both Jews and Christians.
And it bears re-reading, as one pass-through of this very demanding and scholarly book would not be enough to absorb it. But it's my desert island book for sure!
What I really found interesting was his expansion on Segal's "Two Powers" in Heaven doctrine that occurred in earlier versions of Judaism but later became condemned. He calls this Jewish "binitarianism". Many today often claim that the early Jews were rather "unitarian" but Boyarin dismisses this. This is not to say there weren't unitarian Jews but that unitarianism for them was not a fundamental part of their theology as it is now.
Boyarin is a Talmudic scholar. As such, his understanding of patristic theology is a little bit wanting at times. For instance, he hints that Nicaea did away with "Logos" theology especially in St Athanasius. But St Athanasius was also involved in the Alexandrian school of theology from Origen which also espoused the "deuteros theos" theology as well. The Logos theology is generally a part, not exclusive, of Trinitarian theology then.