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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The innovation is in the denial of a “parting of the ways” beforehand, but this too linex not tied to Boyarin’s analysis. To be a Christian was to be a not-Jew. Rereading Late Ancient Religion.

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

And not the kind of conspiracy that consists of bizarre, extraordinary events. Any historical event is an opportunity to dig up an underlying conspiracy. He describes Logos Theology as: They were not simply identifying heresies and heretics, they were producing them. Current articles “Salvation is from the Jews”: Clean and unmarked text. I think Boyarin has published an incredibly erudite and creative work.

In Border Lineshowever, Daniel Boyarin makes a striking case for a very different way of thinking about the historical development that is the partition of Judaeo-Christianity.

Hybrids were deemed heretics. Rereading Late Ancient Religion View table of contents 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.


By defining some beliefs and practices as Christian and others as Jewish or heretical, they moved ideas, behaviors, and people to one side or another of an artificial border–and, Boyarin significantly contends, invented the very notion of religion.

Border Lines, Daniel Boyarin

Yet the story does not end there. 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. I don’t doubt its presence within the 1st century theological milieu, however, I do doubt its dominance.

He argues that, in fact, neither Judaism nor Christianity existed before they boyarih each other. The terminology will likely be new for those who are unfamiliar with PC thought; it certainly was for me.

Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity

His reading of the Talmud was impressive and rather persuasive, and he certainly made imaginative connections while maintaing credibility. Boyarin argues that Justin is not portraying Jewish orthodoxy when he records their rejection of Logos, rather, he is constructing it. 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. However, ljnes the dubious?


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ahmed rated it really liked it Aug 19, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Boyarin demonstrates his scheme through charting out the history of Logos theology.

This “parting of ways” was not a natural process determined by the difference of theology between the two entities. Trivia About Border Lines: Open Preview See a Problem? Comments 0 Please log in or register to comment.

Sign up to receive offers and updates: Thanks for telling us about the problem. To be a Jew was no longer to hold to certain doctrine, rather it was to be a certain ethnicity. Complexity within the Godhead was not a novelty within the New Testament.

This would reduce the body boyariin to about pages, which would save the book from reading like a crazy quilt looks. Books by Daniel Boyarin. Sep 12, AskHistorians added it Shelves: