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by Roland Boer

ePub Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes (New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology) download
Author:
Roland Boer
ISBN13:
978-0822343691
ISBN:
082234369X
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Publisher:
Duke University Press Books; large type edition edition (March 25, 2009)
Subcategory:
Politics & Government
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1241 kb
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1528 kb
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In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer, a leading biblical scholar and cultural theorist, develops . Boer elaborates a theory of political myth in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek

In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer, a leading biblical scholar and cultural theorist, develops a political myth for the Left: a powerful narrative to be harnessed in support of progressive policy. Boer focuses on foundational stories in the Hexateuch, the first six books of the Bible, from Genesis through Joshua. Boer elaborates a theory of political myth in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek. Through close readings of well-known biblical stories he then scrutinizes the nature of political myth in light of feminism, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.

Part of the New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology Series). In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer, a leading biblical scholar and cultural theorist, develops a political myth for the Left: a powerful narrative to be harnessed in support of progressive policy.

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Boer elaborates a theory of political myth in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek

Boer elaborates a theory of political myth in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek. Turning to contemporary politics, he examines the statements of prominent American and Australian politicians to show how the stories of Creation, conquest, Paradise, and the Promised Land have been distorted into a fantasy of Israel as a perpetual state in the making and a land in need of protection.

Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes (New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology)

Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes (New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology). A central issue for all was how to explain the transition of property from commonality of use to personal, exclusive ownership.

In Boer, critical biblical scholarship has found a new and intelligent voice. His notion that Genesis to Joshua is a many-faceted work of political mythology is convincing and deserves further elaboration. Focusing on the Genesis–Joshua narrative as a foundational political myth, Roland Boer illuminates the incorporation of that myth into representations of Israel, the foreign policies of the United States and Australia, and their relations to Israel. Drawing on his expertise in biblical studies and critical theory, he deconstructs contemporary geopolitical discourse and argues for a new political myth of and for the Left.

This issue of Political Theology focuses on the theme of religion and radicalism.

The prize is awarded for a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition. This issue of Political Theology focuses on the theme of religion and radicalism.

In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer, a leading biblical scholar and cultural theorist, develops a political myth for the Left: a powerful narrative to be harnessed in support of progressive policy. Boer focuses on foundational stories in the Hexateuch, the first six books of the Bible, from Genesis through Joshua. He contends that the “primal story” that runs from Creation, through the Exodus, and to the Promised Land is a complex political myth, one that has been appropriated recently by the Right to advance reactionary political agendas. To reclaim it in support of progressive political ends, Boer maintains, it is necessary to understand the dynamics of political myth.

Boer elaborates a theory of political myth in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek. Through close readings of well-known biblical stories he then scrutinizes the nature of political myth in light of feminism, psychoanalysis, and Marxism. Turning to contemporary politics, he examines the statements of prominent American and Australian politicians to show how the stories of Creation, conquest, Paradise, and the Promised Land have been distorted into a fantasy of Israel as a perpetual state in the making and a land in need of protection. Boer explains how this fantasy of Israel shapes U.S. and Australian foreign and domestic policies, and he highlights the links between it and the fantasy of unfettered global capitalism. Contending that political myths have repressed dimensions which if exposed undermine the myths’ authority, Boer urges the Left to expose the weakness in the Right’s mythos. He suggests that the Left make clear what the world would look like were the dream of unconstrained capitalism to be realized.

  • I am reading this one slowly and carefully. It helps me understand the relationship between religion and politics, especially in America.

  • Heavy book but if you enjoy these topics this book is a must.