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Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion)

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The historical separation between Judaism and Christianity is often figured as a clearly defined break of a single entity into two separate religions. Following this model, there would have been one religion known as Judaism before the birth of Christ, which then took on a hybrid identity. Even before its subsequent division, certain beliefs and practices of this composite ...more
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Published October 26th 2006 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published May 17th 2004)
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John Walker
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Anyone interested in the origins of Christianity and its development into the Patristic era will, at some point, have to account for the parting of ways between Christianity and Judaism. It is this popular notion of "parting ways" that Daniel Boyarin contests in his book, Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity. As the subtitle makes clear enough, Boyarin detects, not a peaceful, inevitable split between these two "religions", but a partition - an enforced dissolution.

Readers be warne
Roger Green
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has excellent analytical methods and close readings of texts showing the mutual emergence of categories of Judaism and Christianity within the context of the Roman and Middle Eastern / Babylonian worlds. It is lucidly argued and densely supported.
Although it has serious problems of readability if you do not know enough about the period, Boyarin's work is easily the most revolutionary thesis about the 'parting of the ways'--between Judaism and Christianity--to come out in recent memory. He argues that, in fact, neither Judaism nor Christianity existed before they constructed each other. See also Judith Lieu's Neither Jew Nor Greek?: Constructing Early Christianity (2004).
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Boyarin is always an interesting read, but having read through Le Boulluec's treatment of Heresiology, it became clear that Boyarin is really just riffin/ripping off of Le Boulluec's Foucauldian treatment of heresiology. The innovation is in the denial of a "parting of the ways" beforehand, but this too is not tied to Boyarin's analysis.

On a personal note, I think the notion of Logos Theology as present in earlier writings (and certainly in Philo) is incorrect.
Laura Robinson
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The broad outline of the argument of this book is convincing. Early Jews having a Logos/divine mediator theology: less so.
Karl Steel
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
"Earlier Christian groups (including, or even especially, the Johannine one) distinguished themselves from non-Christian Jews not theologically, but only in their association of various Jewish theologoumena and mythologoumena with this particular Jew, Jesus of Nazarth. The characteristic move that constructs what will become orthodox Christianity is, I think, the combination of Jewish messianic soteriology with equally Jewish Logos theology in the figure of Jesus."

"The vanquishing of real relig
Jose Papo
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading to any historian of religions and to anyone interested in Judaism and Christianity. Boyarin, in this book, shows how the Judaism (or better, Judaisms) of the Second Temple period are different from rabbinic judaism and with many variations and sects. Some of the judaisms in the period were binitarian. They believed that Logos/Sophia were a second entity, a "second God". This was later known by the rabbis as "Two Powers in Heaven". Boyarin shows that "Christia ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was academic and thus a slow read, but I can see why it is highly recommended. Boyarin is a top scholar in Judeo-Christian studies, and his insights into the ancient vs. modern worldivew a incredibly helpful, specifically as related to the creation of the religious systems of Christianity and Judaism in the 2nd - 5th centuries. Boyarin's obvious insinuation, although left out of this book, is that the 1st century functioned in the ancient worldview.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting perspective. Boyarin did it right.
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book for those interested in the parting of the ways.
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