Daniel Boyarin, Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity. (Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press. Border Lines has 88 ratings and 11 reviews. John said: Anyone interested in the origins of Christianity and its development into the Patristic era will. Michael Carden reviews Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity, In this book, Boyarin reads a range of Jewish and Christian texts from the early.

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Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity by Daniel Boyarin

Michelle rated it liked it Sep 24, November Copyright year: The pluralism of late Judaism has been “remembered into” the history of the Rabbis. Marco boyaron it really liked it Oct 20, Yet the story does not end there.

Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. Chapter 4 undertakes a close intertextual reading of the Prologue to the Gospel of John.

Although he builds a strong case, there are also a few weak spots that can, however, be filled by additional support from the Second Temple period. He is the author of Dying for God: Even before its subsequent division, certain beliefs and practices of this composite would have been identifiable as Christian or Jewish. Paul and the Politics of Identity, and other books.

Along the way, Boyarin demonstrates the first- and second-century muddling of “Jew” and “Christian” through analysis of Logos theology, the notion of a second, distinct hypostasis of God ditheism, more or less. Rather, Jesus-following Jews and Jews who did not follow Jesus lived on a cultural map in which beliefs, such as that in a second divine being, and practices, such as keeping kosher or maintaining the Sabbath, were widely and variably distributed. His bold thesis will no doubt prove controversial and important.


To be a Jew was no longer to hold to certain doctrine, rather it was to be a certain ethnicity. Please find details to our shipping fees here. Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion “Encourages us to see historic Christianity as but one expression of a universalistic potential in Jewish monotheism.

This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A very nice copy. In the end, Judaism became something wholly other than Christianity, not simply in content, but in category. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. The work is intensely provocative and innovative and is destined to take its proper place as a modern classic among Boyarin’s previous works. The worst heretics for each camp were those who occupied the middle; each camp created itself as such, in fact, by defining itself against a pure conception of the other.

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This apostolic succession was simultaneously being established within Christian circles at roughly the same time. Justin, or at least those like him, is responsible for the removal of Logos theology from Judaism.

Boyarin is a top scholar in Judeo-Christian studies, and his insights into the ancient vs. In a fruitful career not yet nearly over, Border Linesthe culmination of many years of work, may well remain Daniel Boyarin’s masterpiece. The means by which these two communities would determine the answers to the very difficult questions of identity, Boyarin argues, is through heresiology. Search the full text of this book: Aug 08, Laura Robinson rated it liked it.

Essential to Boyarin’s account of Christianity’s identity-formation-through-orthodoxy, is the role it plays for Judaism of the late antiquity. This copy of Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity Divinations: Paul and the Politics of Identityand other books. Jul 17, Jose Papo rated it it was amazing.


Boyarin’s reconstruction of the interaction between Christianity and Judaism is as follows. The historical separation between Judaism and Christianity is often figured as a clearly defined break of a single entity into two separate religions. As the subtitle makes clear enough, Boyarin detects, not a peaceful, inevitable split between these two “religions”, but a partition – an enforced dissolution. He also demonstrates that “both” “sides” ultimately do away with the Logos, the Rabbis by dissolving revelation in favor of disputation, and the Bishops by firming up the mysterious singularity of the Trinity, swallowing up the distinct Logos within a triune but still fundamentally singular God.

According to Boyarin, this construction of Jewish orthodoxy was in large part due to Justin’s production of Christian orthodoxy.

Christianity set itself over against Judaism. Rereading Late Ancient Religion. Thus, Justin needed to determine what it was to be a Jew – strictly so a Christian could not be that. Additionally, within certain Wisdom texts, Proverbs 8 became important in the Jewish interpretive tradition of Genesis 1 ibid.

Used book in good condition. Flesh of Our Flesh, Tsvi Sadan. The obyarin is in the denial of a “parting of the ways” beforehand, but this too is not tied to Boyarin’s analysis. It is also a significant contribution to our efforts to develop a mature Messianic Jewish understanding of the nature of God.