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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. University of Pennsylvania Press. Summary Discuss Reviews 0 Includes bibliographical references p.

That lack seemed to be a major lacuna in this volume. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Turning to Aramaic texts, Boyarin demonstrates that Logos theology is native to Judaism.

Aug 20, Roger Green rated it it was amazing. The Secret Gospel boyarjn Thomas “Encourages us to see historic Christianity as but one expression of a universalistic potential in Jewish monotheism. Boyarin argues that Justin is not portraying Jewish orthodoxy when he records their rejection of Logos, rather, he is constructing it. Refresh and try again. 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.


In a fruitful career not yet nearly over, Border Linesthe culmination of many years of work, may well remain Daniel Boyarin’s masterpiece. There were no characteristics or features that could be described as uniquely Jewish or Christian in late antiquity, Boyarin argues.

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

Boyarin shows that “Christia This book should be required reading to any historian of religions and to anyone interested in Judaism and Christianity. Boyarin repeats himself frequently; his paragraphs tend to be muddled, with key points buried in the middle and then raised again several pages later; he often engages with secondary sources in the body text rather than in the footnotes, where such disputes rightly belong.

Lists with This Book. Thus, Justin needed to determine what it was to be a Jew – strictly so a Christian could not be that. According to Boyaring, this Logos theology, which has often been considered the doctrine which demanded Christianity’s split away from Judaism, was not actually a Christian innovation.

Return to Book Page. To ask other readers questions about Border Linesplease sign up. Rather, Jesus-following Botder 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.


He argues that, in fact, neither Judaism nor Christianity existed before they constructed each other. 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. Hybrids were deemed heretics. Prices do not include bordsr and handling if applicable. The broad outline of the argument of this book is convincing.

Other books in the series. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Used texts may not contain supplemental items such as CDs, info-trac etc Sunny Day Books Published: User Account Log in Register Help. Katie rated it it was amazing Sep 13, 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, however, it was definitely provocative and served as a good wake up to the importance of the 2nd century for Christian theological development. Paperbackpages. He describes Logos Theology as: