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Paul's Summons to Messianic Life: Political Theology and the Coming Awakening
Welborn, L.l.

New York: Columbia University Press, 2015 pp. 152. $28.00

Series Information
Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture


Description: Taubes, Badiou, Agamben, éiěek, Reinhard, and Santner have found in the Apostle Paul's emphasis on neighbor-love a positive paradigm for politics. By thoroughly reexamining Pauline eschatology, L. L. Welborn suggests that neighbor-love depends upon an orientation toward the messianic event, which Paul describes as the "now time" and which he imagines as "awakening." Welborn compares the Pauline dialectic of awakening to attempts by Hellenistic philosophers to rouse their contemporaries from moral lethargy and to the Marxist idea of class consciousness, emphasizing the apostle's radical spirit and moral relevance.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Postmodern Literary Criticism, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches

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Review by Alexandra Brown
Published 7/28/2016
Citation: Alexandra Brown, review of L.l. Welborn, Paulís Summons to Messianic Life: Political Theology and the Coming Awakening, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Review by Robert L. Brawley
Published 7/28/2016
Citation: Robert L. Brawley, review of L.l. Welborn, Paulís Summons to Messianic Life: Political Theology and the Coming Awakening, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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