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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity$
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John David Dawson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

John David Dawson

University of California Press

This introductory chapter examines the supposed relation of Christianity to Judaism. It begins by showing how Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber defended the validity of the Old Testament as part of the Christian Bible. Faulhaber also provides a supersessionist account of Christianity's relation to Judaism, which most modern Christian theologians would likely reject. The discussion tries to determine whether there is a kind of Christian reading of the Old Testament that might express the relation of Christianity to Judaism, while respecting the independent religious identity of the Jews. The chapter also introduces the four thinkers who are studied in detail in the other chapters of this book: Daniel Boyarin, Hans Frei, Origen of Alexandria, and Erich Auerbach.

Keywords:   Christianity, Judaism, Old Testament, Christian theologians, religious identity, Daniel Boyarin, Hans Frei, Origen of Alexandria, Erich Auerbach

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