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Phenomenologies of Scripture$
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Adam Y. Wells

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275557.001.0001

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Love and Law according to Paul and Some Philosophers

Love and Law according to Paul and Some Philosophers

(p.144) Love and Law according to Paul and Some Philosophers
Phenomenologies of Scripture

Jeffrey Bloechl

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, Jeffrey Bloechl examines I Corinthians 12 in light of recent works by Giorgio Agamben and Alain Badiou. While Agamben and Badiou see in Paul’s letters a message of liberation from worldly political orders, Bloechl argues that their analyses fail to grasp Paul’s conception of the community of faith. Focusing on Paul’s analogy between the community and the body, Bloechl argues that Paul’s aim is not to negate the world, the flesh, or the Law, but to re-constitute them within the horizon of faith. For Paul, the Law is not a harbinger of political totalism to be overcome through messianic subjectivity (as is the case for Agamben and Badiou); rather, the Law is re-envisioned within the horizon of faith

Keywords:   Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Biblical interpretation, Corinthians, law, Paul, phenomenology

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